Kodak Vision 3 5219 500T Colour Negative Film

Analog Film Review

Kodak Vision 3 5219 500T

Colour negative film (Motion Picture)

Kodak Vision 3 5219 500T Colour Negative Film


Kodak Vision 3 5219 is a high-speed tungsten-balanced film with fine grain structure, great tonality and wide dynamic range. It is flexible to push this film one or two stops over its normal sensitivity of 500 iso. Advanced Dye Layering Technology (DLT) is also used to reduce the appearance of grain in the shadows for cleaner detailing and clarity. As part of the VISION3 series of movie films, this film has high archival stability and is well suited to digital post-production processes.

Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)
Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)
Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E58 V1)

Cinematic Mood for Low Light Situation

I first got this film from Classical Camera Shops in Hong Kong recommended by Fai. This film can produce very high-quality images under different low light environments. Especially when you are looking for a film to capture cinematic moments or different candid shots and also great to use it to create your own projects. It can resonate those movie scenes that you saw in different movies but of course, this film can only help you with the basics of getting colour palette right. Lighting and colour pairing are equally important elements in your shots.

Tokyo - ISO@500 (Summilux 50mm f1.4 asph)
Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)
Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)

Much Better Quality Developed in ECN-2

Eastman Colour Negative (ECN) process allows higher development temperature. The result has better contrast and has less grain compared with C41 as well as much better tonality and sharpness. When you develop the Cinestill rebranded Kodak Vision 3 with C41, take Cinestill 800T as an example. The overall tone is tinted with high cyan and much grainy even if you rate the film at 500 or 800 iso. And the fact is that when Cinestill 800T started selling, it is a rebranded Kodak Vision 3 5219, the code of Kodak 5219 is clearly visible on the film stripe. I guess Cinestill did some fine tone on its tonality and also adding an extra halo to the film.

Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)
Tokyo - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E60 V4 build in hood)

Cheaper alternative compare with Cinestill 800T

The price of self rolled 500T is almost half of Cinestill 800T. However, there is an extra layer  “rem-jet” on the film so you cannot take this film and process directly in a normal lab in C41. It requires ECN-2 development to remove Remjet and use a different chemical to perform the development process. So if you consider trying to film, you might as well need to research if there is any lab around your area which can provide this service.

Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E58 V1)
Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E58 V1)

Any Signature Red Halo on Kodak Vision 3 5219?

Unfortunately there is no signature red Halo in this film. I know many people love having that special Halo enhanced on Cinestill 800T. This film, in general, gives you more cinematic mood but not this special Halo effect.

Tokyo - ISO@500 (Summilux 50mm f1.4 asph)


I highly recommend you to try this film. You should also try developing your Cinestill 800T in ECN-2 too. Because that will gives you more black and tonality, less grain and better sharpness!

Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Canon 50mm f0.95 M mount)
Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Canon 50mm f0.95 M mount)
Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E58 V1)
Hong Kong - ISO@500 (Noctilux 50mm f1.0 E58 V1)
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  1. Thanks for your share,500T未玩過,玩過250D,50D,寬容度比一般彩色負片高好多,暗位細節真係表露無遺。玩過之後放棄了彩負

  2. do u use flash? i’m newbie here, with this 500 iso, should I use flash when taking pic at night or even daylight?

    • Hi there, normally I dont use flash and I think 500iso should be enough to during the day. At night maybe you would like to shoot with flash if you prefer a smaller aperture.

  3. I just tried a roll of 500T. Set to EI800 as I shot at night. About to send to lab for processing. Do I need to ask for pushing one stop? Or the latitude of 500T is good enough with no push at all?

    • Hi Donald, it heavily depends on the environment. If those shots that you have taken is not super dark I think develop at 800 is okay. But if you want it to be less contrasty and make sure the exposure is right then suggest you to push one stop.

      • That’s great, thanks for your quick reply. Do you know if ECN-2 will process regular C-41 films fine, too? I have Superia 1600 and if possible, I’d like to use the same developer and not buy the Tetenal Colortec C-41 for it.

        Best wishes,


        • Hey Rumelo, I cannot confirm the details but technically should be able to do that because take 250D as an example removing the remjet you can develop in C41 so in a sense that it can be both develop in C41 and ECN-2. So for other negative films, I assume this will be a similar situation.

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