CineStill 50 Daylight

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.


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


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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  1. I’m new and reading up on analog photography. So if someone was to shoot the Cinestill 50D at Iso100 or 200, if they were to send it in to a lab to develop, would they mark down ISO50 or the ISO that they shot at?


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