Film Review: CineStill 50D VS. 800T

A comparison hands-on review on CineStill's classically weird film: 50Daylight and 800Tungsten. Which one best suits you and your creative needs?

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CineStill is a unique branch of film stock. It’s pretty much always in short supply for the frequent purveyors of beloved film. While there are only 3 specific CineStill film stocks known in the film universe, they cover a wide range of cinematic goodness. There’s the more daylight quenched, CineStill 50D, and the more colored film noir, CineStill 800T. Both are modified to allow it to be developed with the C-41 process as opposed to the Eastman Color Negative process. So, which one is right for you and your creative prospects? This article is here to help.

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CineStill 50D by @obzerb

Cinestill 50 D 4

CineStill 50D by @westcott

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CineStill 50D by @obzerb

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CineStill 50D by @westcott

To Know:

Producing some of the film world's finest grain, it has an ISO 50/18° speed daylight balanced (5500K) motion picture emulsion. Prepped and rolled for clean safe C-41 standard development as an ISO 50 film, as well. May also be processed in motion picture ECN-2 chemistry. CineStill are standard daylight- and tungsten-balanced film stocks
that render accurate, true-to-life colors when exposed, developed, and scanned correctly. If the oddly warm colors done shine through broad daylit images, they’ll hold a chromatic vibe with high clarity and an edged sharpness.

What We Love:

High Quality Metal Cassettes for Zero Light Leaks

Factory spooled into new high quality Dx-Coded Cassettes

FINE GRAIN

Incredibly fine grain and the ability to shoot wide open in bright conditions.

Excellent Dynamic Range

Unrivaled highlight and shadow latitude

The Details:

Brand: CineStill

Price: Starting at $12.99

Product Type: Comes in both 35mm and 120 medium format.

Best For: (Photographers needing a low-speed film that excels in bright, daylight
conditions with incredibly fine grain for high quality results.

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Christophersturm 800t

CineStill 800T by @christophersturm

Cinestill 800 T

CineStill 800T by @westcott

Cinestill 800 T 2

CineStill 800T by @westcott

To Know:

Rated ISO 200-1000! Can be pushed to 3200! This 800-speed tungsten-balanced color negative film is prepared from the same motion picture film stock used by top cinematographers around the world. This film is designed for difficult low light tungsten and may be used in many different lighting situations to achieve a variety of visionary scenes. CineStill 800T has quite the signature vibe, which categorizes as a probable better purchase than the Kodak Vision3 500T. Although the two products are intended for different purposes —
Kodak Vision3 500T is made for motion picture, whereas CineStill 800T is made for stills
cameras; a comparison between the two should be squarely focused on a description of the
different look each provides. Without the presence of an anti- halation layer, a red glow may appear around overexposed point light sources. It is not lens specific, but can be decreased with diffusion such as with the CineBloom filters.

What We Love:

Be a Still Cinematographer

3200K Tungsten Balanced color negative motion picture film stock for use as still photography film

Made for Difficult Low Light Tungsten Situations

And makes it look cool, too.

Go Crazy Bright

Acceptable for push processing up to 3200 ISO.

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Cinestill 50 D

CineStill 50D by @westcott

My Consensus

Two of these films from the wondrous CineStill serve various purposes, but are similar in their experimental upbringings. In the midst of our analog renaissance, from returning photographers to first timers, people from around the world want a film stock unique to their taste and creative vision. They both mimic the findings from a cinematographer’s perspective, serving as a choice for artists wanting a storytelling aspect.

How We Tested

The Moment team is full of film photography buffs; we geek over which cameras to use, the difference in film stocks for certain environments, and which vintage strap from Grandpa’s closet will look best with our medium formats. CineStill is unique amongst the other sorts of film stocks out there, meaning it came to us as a pleasant surprise for us when we started holding these babies in our shop. Our Pros, Gear Guides, and variou team members love CineStill and want to continue shooting with them in our camera bag repertoire.

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