This week I’m sharing the results from my first roll of CineStill Film 50D
CineStill Film is a Film emulsion created by The Brothers Wright.
Starting with 35mm cinema film they remove the Remjet Layer (more on this later), and repackage the film into 35mm canisters for use in still cameras.
CineStill Film is sold in 2 versions, 50D – a Daylight 5500K balanced film & 800T – a Tungsten 3200K balanced film which I’ll be reviewing soon.
The rolls are marked as having 36 exposures but I got around 38 out of my first roll.
This roll was shot using my Olympus OM1 & 50 f1.4, which after looking at these images I now feel needs a lens hood because there is some massive lens flare issues.
Which brings me to one of the unique things about CineStill Film; Halation.
When the Remjet layer is removed from the cinema film it leaves the film susceptible to halation: Which is when a false halo is created around a bright object.
Halation occurs when light travels through the front layers of film and reflects off the backing layer which in this case has been removed.
Remjet is a thick dark black backing which in cinema cameras served several purposes, one was for anti-halation and another was to protect the film from scratches & breaking when it travelled through the camera at 24fps. When developing cinema film from stills cameras there is no way to remove the Remjet layer during standard C41 processing.
The Brothers Wright managed to find a way to remove the Remjet layer prior to exposing the film which allows us to have CineStill Film.
You just need to know how & where halation can occur.
See the image below and you will notice that firstly there is a strange red glow around the lettering.
But I was still able to get quite a few shots that didn’t have this issue.
One thing keep in mind that this film is balanced for Daylight at 5500K so if you shoot on cloudy days like I did the colour may not be right and may need adjusting in post.
The shot below has a kind of weird almost HDR look to it although it’s just how the shot came out!
You can see an example of colour rendition in this next shot.
This next one is my favourite shot from the roll, I don’t know why it just is.
You can see the halation popping up again in this next shot, check out the highlight on the car on the left…
Finally caught the little Coast Guard boat right where I wanted him
One of the things I was worried about shooting ASA 50 film was that I’d run out of light and not be able to get many shots exposed well.
This next one was shot at 4:30pm on a dark cloudy rainy day in Melbourne, so I went with 1/60th @ f2 which resulted in a little softness to the image
Turns out I could have easily shot at f4 after all!
And last but not least here’s another shot with, yep halation again, look at the top of Tommy’s hat…
So what have I learned from this first roll?
Firstly, be careful when shooting with backlit subjects, I think shooting with front / side light will bring out the best in this film.
Secondly, and I can’t believe I’m just mentioning it now, at ASA 50 the fine grain on these shots actually will make you forget you’ve shot film at all.
The Bothers Wright feel that you can push this film quite a few stops so my next roll will be pushed to 200 to see how well it can handle it.
Overall I’m not disappointed in the film, I need to shoot a few more rolls to find where it’s best strengths are for me.
I’d recommend everyone shoot at least one roll to see what you think for yourselves, just remember that this is a unique film and has a different result than other films you may be used to using.
If you have shot with CineStill 50D and had a different outcome I’d love to know.
Well that’s it for me this week, hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.
I look forward to hearing what you think.