CineStill 800 T Film Portraits
MATTHEW OSBORNE PHOTOGRAPHY – “MR LEICA”
A quick recap of why I treated myself to a few rolls of 35mm CineStill 800 Tungsten film..
CineStill Xpro C-41 ISO 800 Tungsten 135/36
Firstly CineStill 800 T film is balanced for 3200K tungsten light so gives useable photos under this type of lighting. Secondly the box speed of CineStill 800T is ISo 800 but it can be used at any speed between ISO 200 and ISO 1250 without losing highlight or shadow detail.
I took a few rolls of 35mm CineStill film with me on a recent trip to Poland to shoot on location with some of the Malva Model agency models based in Sopot. I shot one roll with my Leica M3 film camera + Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens and another in the Leica M2 camera + Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 lens. For daylight shooting I metered at ISO 400-500 and used a 85B filter for colour correction. For the late evening I metered at ISo 800 and for all the night photos I also metered at ISO 800. I was interested to test the CineStill 800T under various light conditions, midday daylight, dusk, indoor tungsten room light, flurescent lighting, street lights and mixed lighting.
I shot with various models including Agnieszka, Teresa, Vicky, Karolina and Max that I shot on 35mm CineStill film. Here are a few of the photos. All images lab developed and scanned with an Epson v800 scanner. Not all photos were scanned at the same time and some photos scanned discoloured so I had to try to correct the colour in post. A few images were converted to black and white as I thought the colours didn’t add to the image.
CineStill 800 T + 85B Filter in Daylight (5500k) @ ISo 400/500
CineStill 800 T + 85B Filter in last of Daylight (5500k) @ ISo 800
CineStill 800 T + in Tungsten light (3200k) @ ISo 800
CineStill 800 T + at Night with street lights (3200k) @ ISo 800
I had high hopes for the CineStill 800T film but the resulting images exceeded all my expectations. I love the colours and tones and the fact that you can shoot a single roll at ISO 200-1250 in varying light conditions and it still gives great results. I will definitely add it to my wedding film photography bag!
CineStill Xpro C-41 ISO 50 Daylight 135/36
I am looking forward to trying 35mm CineStill 50 Daylight film next with my Leica film cameras. I think with my Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2 lens wide open on the Leica M3 camera. I also really hope the Brothers Wright get sufficient funding to start producing 120 CineStill 800 Tungsten film so I can use it in my medium format film cameras like my Mamiya RZ 67 and Mamiya 645 Super (plus also in my 120 roll film back for the 4×5 large format film Speed Graphic and Sinar F2!).