Birthday with Cinestill 800


This is the first time I have used Cinestill 800. The film has been in my camera since May and I just finished the roll a few days ago. Most of these pictures are from May when I went to my mothers birthday party with some other family members. I am not sure what to think of this film. I had to make adjustments to get decent flesh tones, but I do like how the portraits came out. I had to work pretty hard on landscapes and other subjects too. I probably should have used a filter of some kind given its tungsten description. I did find that indoors shots under artificial lighting did land in a more natural place (with work) than did the outdoor shots.

I have another roll and will do some research on filters before using it. It may have to be a compromise to suit filters I already own. Any tips would be appreciated.


All the parking lots in Victoria are disappearing – yet another being turned into condos.



Our cat is really sick, but she still is curious. Especially if something might be food.


To see an enlarged version of any image in the gallery below, click on it and then navigate to others with the arrows or with swiping.

2016-47: Canon Elan 7N; EF 50mm/f1.4 and Nikkor-N Auto 24/2.8; Cinestill 800, commercially developed and scanned.





9 thoughts on “Birthday with Cinestill 800

  1. Loving the portraits! I’ve always had a sweet spot for CineStill ever since it became available. It’s a pity it’s so expensive though. Still, there’s a roll in a Nikon here somewhere..I really should finish that. Winter is coming..without color correction it should look interesting.

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    • Thanks kellyblackdog – that is a useful link. I have 81A and 82A filters already at various sizes so perhaps I can sort out which is the best bet and match a camera to the filter size and go from there. I know I have both those filters, and several others in a tiny size that fits my Olympus Pen half frame (, so perhaps it is time to finish the film in that camera and load some of this 800 film in it.
      Since it only has two working shutter speed and not a lot of f-stops, 800ISO film could be pushing the exposure envelope. But it is tempting to consider this film in that camera, they might pair up very well.


  2. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    My roll 47 for the 52 Rolls project was the first roll of Cinestill 800 that I have shot. I still have a few things to learn about using it, but I like the look; the grain is excellent for the exposure speed.

    This post mostly has shots from my mother’s birthday part in the spring when I first started this roll. There are a couple of shots from last week on it as well. Go to 52 rolls to see much of this roll at this link: And keep your eyes open around Burnt Embers for other shots from the roll over the next week or two.


  3. I have a roll of Cinestill sitting here…haven’t tried it since I don’t shoot much 35 mm. But I’ll take it for a spin to finish out the year…….


    • Even with a bluish cast to some of the evening shots at the birthday table I really like these results. And as I commented, the grain, for ISO800, is exceptional. Definitely worth using again.


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