Letting go of MY LAST THREE ROLLS of Eastman Super-XX film.

Tonight I will be letting go of MY LAST THREE ROLLS of Eastman Super-XX film.

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I have used, sold, traded and shared more than 200 rolls of this rare film from the 1940s and these are my very last three rolls. We’re not likely to find any more usable stock of this film, so don’t miss this last chance to try it out yourself! My auction will go live today at 22h26 Brussels Time, (4:26pm Florida Time, 1:26pm in California Time). Auction links are not allowed here, but I think you all know where to look for it if you’re interested. Contact me if you don’t.

2-rolls are 24 exposures, and 1-roll is 20 exposures.


Another rare vintage find, this is some of the oldest film I have ever shot with. Eastman Super-XX is a Vintage Panchromatic B&W Nitrate Film expired in the 1940s !! I took a chance on some old dingy cans of film and was surprised when the film inside looked like new!
Nitrate film was what most of the silent movies were shot on up until the 1940s when “Safety Film” was introduced. Safety film was much less flammable but many say it never gave quite the same look as the old nitrate films. So here’s your chance to shoot on this classic emulsion.
Originally the film speed was around ISO 200 but after more than 60 years in storage it has lost alot and gained quite a significant amount of base fog. I had success shooting it at ISO speeds between 3 and 12 depending on processing.
You can see varying results with different developers. I have had success so far with Rodinal 1+100 and HC-110 (B) – And even Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction!
For safety purposes, do not store this film (even after developed) at tempratures above 85°f. and do not keep negatives under an enlarger lamp for extended periods of time.


I’m keeping these rolls inexpensive by re-using old film cassettes and sticking on an artsy label I’ve made just so you know what’s inside. Using a bulk loader I made rolls of approximately 24 exposures each, sometimes a bit more or less and as with most bulk loaded film the very last picture of each roll will not be exposed as that is where it is taped. This is NOT a stock product from Eastman Kodak and I am not proporting to represent that fine company in any manner. This film has no DX code so you will need a camera than can be set to a very slow film speed or use manual exposure.

This is an extremely long expired film which does not produce optimum results and requires special exposure and development. Do not purchase this unless you enjoy experimenting with old film. There are no refunds or returns.

My Examples were shot with a Canon EOS Elan7ne and developed in Rodinal 1+100 for 20 min at 20ºc. – The sepia-colored photos were developed in Labeauratoire’s Caffenol Concoction for 18min at 23°c.




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