Month: August 2017

CineStill 50 Daylight

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What so special about CineStill 50D?

Same as CineStill 800T, it is a cinema film with emulsion from Kodak motion picture and modified to be suitable with C-41 processing too. For more information, you can refer to CineStill official website.

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Name: CineStill 50 Daylight

ISO: 50

Film type: Daylight Colour Negative

Character: High resolution and sharpness

Weather determines your colour palette!

CineStill 50D is different from its brother, CineStill 800T. It is a colour balanced daylight film at 5,500K. If any of you who is not familiar with colour temperature, you can have a look at B&H’s website. It renders a super cool tone if there is a lack of sunlight but at the same time it can gives you a normal tone on a bright sunny day. I strongly believe that colour temperature determines your image palette and it affect the mood and emotion in it. In general, it has an orange cast compare with Kodak Ektar 100 and Skin tone is abit “off” with CineStill 50D.

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High resolution and Superb Sharpness

Images from CineStill 50D were with super high sharpness at ISO50, 100 and 200. I think the grain from it is even finer than Ektar 100. They also claimed to be the world’s sharpest and finest grain colour film at their official website. Seriously, it is almost the same as the images taken with a Digital SLR.

Afraid of using such a low ISO film?

Not sure any of you would have the same thought that low ISO speed film are often tend to be harder to use. In order to make good use of the film, and be able to use at smaller apertures After testing the film with  ISO100 and ISO200, both results gave me more solid colour palette, increased contrast and the outcome is better than using it at ISO50. So any of you who have not tried CineStill 50D, you can try to use it at higher ISO speed. Another similar exposure latitude, you may also try Kodak Ektar 100 to gives you a higher saturated colour and warmer tone.

Sample images below with film pushed to ISO100 and 200

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Nikon 35mm f2D

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV pre-asph

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 e58

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Kentmere 400

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Ilford B&W negative alternative?

Ilford film is pricy but with high quality. If you are looking for low-budgeted film that allows you to shoot more extensively, Kentmere is the best option for you to take some nice black and white photos. It is cheap, reliable and has the “Classical” grey tone. This film only available in 135 format. It would be great if it has medium format too.

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ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Broad tonal range, fine grain and good sharpness

Broad tonal range with good contrast

I would say the Kentmere 400 is with great price and quality. I discovered this film from Free Style Photographic Supplies back in 2010 (mainly because of the cheap price offered). After trying several of it I was quickly attracted by its tone, a classic mood with nice texture produced in the images, the tone gradation has so many layers. I have been shooting the film under daylight, indoor or even with studio flash, under different situation the film produced stable and unique character, especially the silver glittering highlight and it gives you a general nice grey tone. Overall, the white tone stands out more than other black and white film. Here is some images review below.

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Fine grain and good sharpness

It is a relatively grainy B&W film. Even I developed it with Ilford DDX developer (Great pair with fast film). However, the grain makes the film quite special because it enhanced the micro-contrast and the grain is not heavily done. I would describe Ilford HP5 grain is “Heavy” and this Kentmere film grain is “Soft and light”. If you are looking for fine grain black and white film, I would suggest you to use Ilford Delta series. It has high sharpness and portrait every detail in the film.

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Pushing the film

This film is not that flexible to push compare with Ilford Delta, HP5 or Kodak Double-X. It will lose details and textures in the highlight easily and also the darker shadow will become rich dark black. I have tried to use it at ISO800 or up to ISO1600.

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What lenses did I use?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 Rigid type 1

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1 v3

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