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35mm Film Test series: Cine Still 50D

35mm Film Test series: Cine Still 50D

Introduction

Hello, everyone! I am trying to do a monthly film journal. I know a monthly blog is nothing compared to a daily or a weekly blog. However, it is a start of something I don't really do often. So bare with me and my grammar. I will also write about photo activities I do in between the monthly blogs. Going back to my monthly blog plan, I am planning to do a photo journal of my life through 35mm film camera. Past several months, my 35mm film camera has been getting dusty on my shelve due to my love for my medium format. So for my monthly blog, I will be focusing on one specific type of film to document and photograph aesthetic images, events, and everyday life. Through experimenting with one specific film, I will find its pros and cons, visual quality, and the challenges I had with the film. The reason why I am starting this concept is that there are multiple varieties of 35mm films and people rarely experiment with different types of film. So I want to test specialty of each 35mm films. Also, I want to show non-film camera photographer to see what it feels like to shoot film through my journal and want them to try shooting film and find lost beauty in this generation. Let's see if the film is really dead.

This month, I tried CineStill 50d. Everyone has left positive reviews about the film but more about 800T (I will try that film when I get a chance). So, I wanted to see the results of Cinestill 50D.  From looking at some sample examples from online, I was intrigued by its green bluish hue in the low-mid tone and shadow area, because it created nice vintage look while shooting on a cloudy day. After shooting the film, I did like the green hue but only on the sunny days, and not on a cloudy day. Also, the red halation on the highlight, but wasn't my liking.

Equipment:

  1. Nikon F3
  2. 50mm f/1.8

Cons:

  • ASA/ISO 50. You are limited to mostly daylight to shoot this film. I haven't tried this film with a flash but would love to see how it will produce. 
  • Halation. I didn't expect to have such a noticeable halation. It is mostly seen on the shiny objects. However, it is an interesting quality of CineStill 50D.
  • You will be mostly shooting at f/1.8-f/4 if you want to shoot around 1/125 and 1/250 unless you have a tripod to open your shutter longer. So there are chances that your focus may be off.

Pros:

  • consistent result.
  • It had a good tonal range on the skin and even on a cloudy day. I would prefer to use it on a sunny day but I would watch out for the halation on the highlight.
 

Final Thought

Overall, I had a positive result and fun time with this film. If I were to use this film again, I would use it for outdoor portraiture, window light fashion or portraiture, and photojournalism/event photography, and possibly food photography, but it won't look punchy enough to create eye-grabbing color.

Enjoy the photos. :)

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