Peter Wilbourne
designer / photographer / film maker

Journal

photo: CineStill 50 Daylight

Here are a few words on Cinestill 50 film

What is Cinestill 50 you may ask? Well it's Kodak 35mm film that is normally used for filming movies. Yes, some movies are still shot on Kodak film. It's chopped up and put in to 35mm camera canisters and sold for... quite a lot actually. But... it is a unique film, I don't know of any other 50 ISO C-41 stock.

So what's it like? Well... it's good, I can't quite put my finger on it. Somewhere between Kodak Ektar and Fuji 400H. It has the smooth grain and sharpness of Ektar, but instead of super saturated reds, it has the Fuji 400H mega-range of greens. 

I'm not sure if it's the thought of 'cinema' label clouding my judgement, but there is a nice cinematic look some of these images. Well balanced colours with a bias to blue and green, strong contrast and it holds on to highlights like nothing else, love the detail in the clouds.

Anyway that's it, have a look, give it a go if you're outside, and it's nice and bright (50 ISO is pretty useless for an overcast day). I'll be using the 800 indoor version soon.