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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Fast above slow. Hmmm, see Kofron et. al. for that one! Yes, that ordering is used in color films and is a patented Kodak method of speed vs grain for some films.

    And the X film designations at this point are just a guesstimate. Next chance I get, I'll ask George Eastman, but I am not in a hurry to ask him if you get what I mean.

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    Seems the X family was larger wit Ortho X as well, see 1940 advert which includes Tri X:

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    In contrast Ilford had just introduced their second generation of modern films FP2 & HP2.

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    In High School I bulk loaded film for my Minolta 16 PS. The film I used was Eastman Four-X single edge perf motion picture film. It had an ASA speed of 500. Double-X was 250 and Plus-X was 125. In the future if I want to use the Minolta I will probably get a slitter and use 35mm stock. I don't think the Minolta uses the perforations anyway.

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    It may be wrong but I recall reading that in 1937 or 38 the x designations were added to newly designed still camera films to distinguish them from motion picture film due to their having an antihalation layer and and could be developed to a higher contrast as well as being equally efficient in daylight and artificial light. Panatomic x was the still version of the cine Panatomic with finer grain for enlargements. Plus x was the still version of Kodak cine ss pan and had 50% more speed.

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    It is probably just a marketing label. There have been a lot of X films, and not all have been commercial mass market items. Not all have been black and white, either (e.g. Kodacolor-X). Some have been motion picture films (Eastman Plus-X, Background-X, Double-X, Tri-X, 4X, XT, etc.)

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    All films have an antihalation layer of some sort or another. You have to go way way back to find some without such protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strix1973 View Post
    It may be wrong but I recall reading that in 1937 or 38 the x designations were added to newly designed still camera films to distinguish them from motion picture film due to their having an antihalation layer and and could be developed to a higher contrast as well as being equally efficient in daylight and artificial light. Panatomic x was the still version of the cine Panatomic with finer grain for enlargements. Plus x was the still version of Kodak cine ss pan and had 50% more speed.
    No because Kodak introduced exactlysame films as Motion Picture film around the same time in 1938/9. The X was similar to Tmax just a new family of films and to distinhuish them from earlier products so just a marketing tool as nworth says.

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    The answer you seek is simple: the letter W was already spoken for and X was the next available letter
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    Two days ago my contractor told me that PEX tubing was named for polyethylene that is cross-linked, "so they put an X on the end". I immediately thought of Tri-X film. But there may be no connection...

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