Super FPP Green X-Ray Film (8x10)
FPP Super Green X-Ray Film - 8x10 - One box of 25 sheets.
Mat says: "Full Speed Orthochromatic film fantastic for landscape and portrait photography. Rate film ASA 50-100. When shooting outdoors with clear skies, add some yellow filtration to get the most tonal information out of the scene. Recommended processing in highly dilute developers such as HC110 dilution H, Caffenol, Rodinal, or Pyrocat HD.
Caution: Handle x-ray film gently as the double-sided emulsion is very sensitive and is easily scratched. Tray processing not recommended."
Fun Tip: X-ray film, like PolyPan F, has no anti-halation layer, and yields "dreamy" highlights.
above: Image © Mat Marrash 2012 -
Eastman Commercial B 8x10 - Fujinon W 210mm f/5.6 - 1/125th @ f/22.5 - Green Latitude X-Ray Film
above: "Shake Shack at Night"on Super Green X-Ray 8x10 Sheet Film by Shawn Hoke
X-Ray Film Q & A
I would LOVE to buy some x-ray film from you (to be shipped International) What happens if customs x-rays the package during shipping?
Fortunately, x-ray film's fairly low ASA sensitivity will mean that it can make an international flight or two with little to no fogging. X-ray film isn't actually sensitive to x-rays until it's placed in a specialized film holder. This holder has rare earth metals that when struck with x-ray radiation scatters blue-green light onto the film surface. So when ordering, think of it more as a 50 ASA ortho film. International shipping should be fine, but then again, We're not certain of the strength of x-ray scanners in your country. Mike and Mat at The FPP say "go for it, since x-ray film is so cheap and fun to experiment with"! :)
Can I use my Tungsten Studio lights to make portraits with Green X-Ray Film? (Blue Xray Film?)
Tungsten lights are not recommended since the light they produce is toward the red end of the spectrum. You must compensate at least 4 stops to see any exposure (still thin) on x-ray film.
Can I gel my tungsten lights blue so that they're 5500k daylight?
You can, but you will need to compensate even more. Instead, try using an inherently cool light source like fluorescent, LED, or UV bulbs.
Can I cut down my 8x10 film to 4x5 or smaller? Do I have to do it in pitch black?
X-ray film can be cut down to size, but you don't need to do it in the dark! Using weak red safe light like a Kodak Jr. 7w bulb, you can carefully measure and cut your film to any size needed. Just remember that there's emulsion on both sides of x-ray film, and it can easily scratch.
I'm sending my 8x10 X-Ray film to a commercial lab for for processing. Will they know how to process it!?
I'm not sure if B&W processing labs will know how to handle x-ray film, but any hospital, doctor's office, or veterinarian that still uses analog x-rays will. If you ask nicely, some of them will happily oblige. Otherwise, I recommend processing at home, since this film is relatively inexpensive and perfect for testing out new cameras, checking for light-tightness in holders/cameras, and experimentation in general.
Any Tips on Home Processing?
FPP’s Mat Marrash offers the following information – “First and foremost, x-ray film materials produce a very high contrast image which is typically controlled by filtration (with green sensitive films) and/or highly dilute developers. In XTOL, typical times for x-ray film are 4.5 - 5 min. in stock, with only 1.5 min. more with a 1:1 dilution.
Many Rodinal users I know that shoot x-ray film process as dilute as 1:200 with acceptable results (I'm unsure of the time, my guess is around 10 min.). Again, this film builds contrast very quickly, but can be developed via a dim red safelight. In my darkroom,
I'm using a Kodak Jr. 7w red bulb and developing by inspection; this way, I can make sure highlights are coming in at the appropriate time for my developer (anything before 2 min. gets placed in cold water bath) to assure uniform negatives.
There are a few more things about this tricky film. X-ray film has emulsion on both sides, with little to no anti-scratch layers present. I avoid scratches by developing with stainless steel hangers and tanks, but other folks have posted good results with developing in trays with a sheet of glass on the bottom. Another thing I recommend is giving this film a longer than usual pre-wash. This helps prevent uneven development, as processing times are typically much shorter than other films. To avoid any other issues with the sensitive emulsion, I'm using a water stop bath as well as alkaline developer (TF-5). PP"
X-Ray film shooter and FPP Friend Shawn Hoke offers: “I home process and use Rodinal 1:100 for six minutes at 20C. I line the trays with smooth glass and rock the four sides gently every 30 seconds. Is pretty consistent so far!”
I processed my X-Ray Film in a tray and it came out all scratchy! What happened?
X-Ray film has emulsion on both sides and no safety coating. The film is very, very susceptible to scratches and must be handled very carefully to avoid scratches.
Above: Mat Marrash chats about shooting X-Ray film!
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