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If you had asked me years ago if I would be reviewing film in the year 2015, I probably would have laughed in your face. There is no way that a couple of years ago that any editor would have thought that a company would be making new film products. But indeed, there have been. CineStill, founded by the Brothers Wright photography team, have repacked Kodak cinema film by taking off a layer that makes it safe for typical C-41 processing. For CineStill 800T, the company gave us ISO 800 film that is Tungsten balanced–which means that it’s best used with a flash or daylight.

In my personal experience, ISO 800 film has been very grainy except when it’s Kodak Portra and pushed a stop. But in this case, CineStill has given us the finest grain 800 film I’ve ever seen.

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CineStill popped up a couple of years ago as a special company repackaging Kodak movie film into a still film format. They exploded in growth, and are currently flourishing along with many of the other newer film-based companies. One of their newest emulsions is CineStill 50D–an ISO 50 film that is daylight balanced. Obviously at ISO 50 you’ll generally need a flash or lots of natural light to get the best photos. For the past couple of months, we’ve been testing the film along with lights that have come in for review and also along trips.

Trust me when I say that very few films want me to get back into film shooting and ditch digital cameras completely; Kodak Portra is currently my favorite and king of them all. But CineStill 50D is doing a great job and is almost as good.

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All images by Nick Seaney. Used with permission.

In comparison to 10 years ago the cost of photographic film seems to have taken an interesting run, or at least that’s what photographer Nick Seaney showed Reddit not too long ago. He got his hands on a catalog from 2005 and took a look at the prices of film back in the day–which truthfully wasn’t too long ago if we really think about it.

Kodak Portra 160 came in two different varieties back then; NC and VC where the colors varied depending on the type of look that you were going for. that was eliminated a couple of years ago, and now These days a roll of Kodak Portra 160 in 35mm is $6.99 over at B&H Photo as opposed to the $7.59 that it was.

Kodak Tri-X 400 on the other hand seems to have risen a bit in price, though we’re not necessarily sure if these prices reflect what schools pay as educational institutions usually get discounts. But for what it’s worth, Tri-X is still an extremely popular film even according to a Wired article that could use fleshing out.

When we talked to folks about the state of the film industry, we got the feeling that even though film sales are dwindling for the bigger and more well known companies, film is booming with the newer and more Bohemian companies that take a different approach when it comes to marketing.

More of the price scans are after the jump.

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All images by Drew English. Used with permission.

I’m not afraid of people. I’m not afraid of talking to total strangers. But for years I have had an aversion to approaching people on the street and getting them to participate in my creative process point blank. Living in New York City, you’re consistently surrounded by seemingly unlimited human diversity, which I find very artistically inspiring. My eye is often drawn to an interesting face, look or style and my knee-jerk reaction is a desire to capture their portrait. Unfortunately, my nerves always held me back and I have missed out on countless opportunities.

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All images by Brooks Sterling. Used with permission.

Photographer Brooks Sterling is based on southern California and specializes in lifestyle work. We’ve featured him before on the site after this video was made about him being an analog film photographer. Indeed, lots of his personal work is done on film but sometimes there is a small budget for it to be included in his commercial work.

Brooks talked to us briefly about surf photography, lifestyle work and shooting with film.

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Pinhole photography requires you to think about motion, careful composition, and at the same time be willing to experiment with your luck. You’re often shooting at a lower ISO setting and with an extremely narrow aperture to create the images that you get. Most of it is also quite wide, too. But to get better pinhole photos, what you need to do is think about your scenes and start seeing the world in a totally different way considering that your camera isn’t capturing a more conventional image.

And if you’re looking for cameras, then check out these modern and DIY cameras.

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