Interesting quote in an article in the December 2012 American Cinematographer. In an article by Jean Oppenheimer about the short film Swimmer, director Lynne Ramsay and cinematographer Natasha Braier are discussing their choice of film stocks: "We originally had this romantic idea of shooting on black-and-white stock and playing with filters, but the only black-and-white stock we could get, Eastman (Double-X) 5222, was much grainer than I remembered."

So we're not the only ones who feel that way about it :-)