What Film Emulsion Should I Choose? A Guide for Analog Photography

There’s never been a more exciting time to start shooting analog. In our latest original infographic, find out which film emulsion is right for you.

The reports of film’s death are greatly exaggerated. In fact, there’s never been a more exciting time to start shooting analog. If you’re new to the world of film photography, welcome! Plenty of film cameras can be had for a fraction of their original price. There’s bound to be one that will suit your particular needs (Check out our handy guide to the 6 Best Film Cameras for Beginners). Unlike with digital, you don’t get to change your ISO on the fly. Once you load a roll or spool of film into your film camera, you’re locked into that particular roll’s ISO until you finish the whole thing.

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CineStill Cs6 Is Aiming to Replace Professional Labs for Slide Film

Quite literally, CineStill is claiming that you won’t need a professional photo lab with their new CineStill Cs6.

CineStill has a huge claim with its latest release today. CineStill is coming out with its new CineStill Cs6 Creative Slide 3-Bath Process. “There’s no longer a need for a darkroom, professional lab or high-tech equipment to create analog photographs,” states the press release. “You can now create beautiful color transparencies at home through one simple process.” In development for a few years, the kit and the other products being announced today could indeed change things for film photographers everywhere. Though we haven’t heard good things about some of their other chemicals, we’re pretty curious about the new Cs6.

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Film Review: SILBERSALZ35 (A Game Changer for Film Photographers)

SILBERSALZ35’s 35mm cine film makes authentic Kodak cinefilm for analog photographers looking to give their work a cinematic look.

We first learned about Silbersalz35 during 2018’s Photokina, and it was one of the most exciting developments we’ve seen in the analog photography space. While CineStill has made cinefilm accessible to stills shooters for some time, what Silbersalz35 is offering with their various cine film emulsions are fundamentally different. Although CineStill and Silbersalz emulsions are cut from the same Kodak Vision3 motion picture film stock, one fundamental difference separates the two. The Silbersalz35 emulsions are unmodified Kodak Vision3 film stock that retain the remjet layer and are cut down to 35mm, while CineStill has the remjet layer native to the Vision3 film stock removed in order to make it possible to develop the film using the popular C-41 process. Traditionally, Kodak Vision3 required the use of the expensive ECN2 development process that was not readily available to still photographers.

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Onur Kurt Chronicles Berlin in Gorgeous CineStill 800T Snaps

CineStill 800T brought out the nostalgic side of Berlin in these travel snaps by Onur Kurt.

Looking for new ways to capture your favorite cities? Sometimes, a simple change in your shooting experience — like shooting with a film camera — can help you get into a different mood. If you’re yet to try shooting with film, we think these CineStill 800T street photos by Istanbul-based art director Onur Kurt will inspire you to finally give it a go.

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The Color Film Photography Blind Taste Test: Can You Figure This Out?

The purpose of this article is to help you decide which of nine C-41 color film stocks, of those currently available in the US, is right for you. If you’d rather digest this content in video form rather than article, that’s an option as well.

To make this blind comparison, I took, and will compare three identical shots, each taken on the nine emulsions discussed in this video. You’ll be able to compare these photos “blind”, meaning you won’t know which stock is which ahead of time. I’ll also talk through some of the differences from my perspective. This will be especially interesting to you newer film shooters looking to find a color film that fits best with your style of shooting, developing, and/or budget. But even if you’re a long-time film shooter, you may find it interesting.

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John H.D. Wagner Explores the Idea of Loss Through Empty Spaces

The latest episode of CineStill Frames brings to light the poignant story and motivation behind the way John H.D. Wagner photographs empty spaces.

If you’re fond of photographing empty or abandoned spaces, the latest installment of CineStill Frames will change the way you think about it. In this episode, director Brendan Leahy introduces us to Indiana-based artist and film photographer John H.D. Wagner, whose night crawls in search of moody vacant places to photograph are more poignant than they appear.

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Question: Why Are There Light Leaks on My CineStill Film?

A founder of CineStill weighs in on what’s caused Light Leaks on their film

Tons of photographers absolutely adore CineStill’s films. They give you a look that you simply can’t get at all in digital due to how they’re treated and developed. But one of the biggest problems that has been consistent with CineStill film though is the light leaks that they can give off. And in most cases, one of two things tend to happen.

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CineStill Debuts CineStill Frames Documentary Series with Ben Parks

In the mood for some cinematic inspiration for your next photography project? CineStill got you covered with the introduction of its documentary video series.

The cinematic aesthetic is one of today’s most popular trends in photography, odd as it sounds. CineStill is among the proponents of this look, at least in the film photography world. So it’s only fitting that the folks behind this popular emulsion came up with a documentary video series in aptly titled CineStill Frames, done in collaboration with Studio Skylight.

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New From CineStill: Lay-Flat Powder Chemistry, Improved Film

Attention, film photographers. Here’s a couple of good news that should delight all you CineStill fans out there.

We have some exciting news from CineStill for those of you planning to make a purchase from them anytime soon. First, their developing chemicals are now available in a new powder chemistry, and hence can be shipped cheaper and more conveniently. Also, they announced that the crowd favorite CineStill 800T film now comes in a new and improved version.

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CineStill Launches ºCs “Temperature Control System” to Simplify at Home Film Development

At home film developers, ready your wallets – CineStill’s newest tool will be available for purchase starting next month.

Experienced film photographers would opt for at home film development since it’s more practical and, in the long run, cheaper than always going to photo labs. However, one of its trickier aspects is keeping the chemistry at a certain temperature throughout the entire process.

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Vintage Camera Review: Fujifilm Natura S (The Best Point and Shoot You’ve Never Heard Of)

The Fujifilm Natura S is quickly becoming my favorite point and shoot camera.

When you look on the market, you’re going to find stuff like Contax T2 to be very pricey. The chances that you’re not looking for the Fujifilm Natura S are high. But, the Fujifilm Natura S potentially has a lot more going for it than you’d think. This small point and shoot is easily pocketable and despite its very compact size, it sports a 24mm f1.9 lens. Yes, that’s right; that’s one of the widest and fastest lenses you can get on a point and shoot. It also comes in a variety of colors like green, the pink that I’ve gotten a hold of, and there is a variant called the Fujifilm Natura Black. There is also a version with a zoom lens simply called the Fujifilm Natura. But the Natura S is really where it’s at; its simple interface and not serious look is going to guarantee that you take it with you everywhere.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to CineStill Film Emulsions

We’ve reviewed and tested every CineStill film emulsion in both 35mm and 120.

I like to think that CineStill had a fairly big part in the revival of analog film culture. Indeed they did something no one else was doing and even today no one else really does. Yet in many ways, what CineStill does is something that has been around for years. The company takes movie film stock, modifies it to be developed with standard film development processes, and cuts it for photographers. It has resulted in some film emulsions that are incredibly unique if not the most unique on the market. By and large, they’re one of my personal favorite film manufacturers. Over the years, I’ve reviewed all their film emulsions and am now providing a comprehensive guide to their film.

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The New CineStill Df96 Monobath Promises Simple BW Film Home Development

Developing black and white film is now a one-step process with the CineStill Df96 Monobath.

Ever been afraid of messing up developing your own black and white film at home? It’s a relatively easy process, but a lot can still go wrong — too much development, improper dilution, lengthy development time, bubble marks, and over-agitation are among the most common. But, CineStill is coming to the rescue with a solution. Say hello to fool-proof home development for your black and white films — the CineStill Df96 Monobath!

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Motion Picture Films are Driving Kodak’s Consumer and Film Division

Kodak’s First Quarter 2018 Financial Report revealed that while the film division isn’t among the strong performers, motion picture films saw increased revenues.

According to Kodak’s First Quarter 2018 Financial Report, the company had a net loss of $25 million over $357 million in revenue for the quarter that ended on March 31, 2018. Continued growth was seen for the KODAK SONORA Process-Free Plates, KODAK FLEXCEL NX Packaging, and KODAK PROSPER Inkjet imaging solutions. However, the Consumer and Film Division didn’t do so well with revenue of $48 million – a $1 million decline compared to the same quarter last year.

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Film Emulsion Review: CineStill bwXX Black and White Film (35mm)

CineStill bwXX film is gorgeous in so many ways

I’ve forever been on the hunt for a black and white film I’m truly, madly in love with. While the Ilford Delta lineup of film is more my taste, CineStill bwXX comes really close! I can’t find any major fault with CineStill bwXX: it’s more or less a film designed for cinema and repackaged for 35mm still film camera consumption. Photographers who want the look of classic old time cinema may really enjoy what CineStill bwXX offers. Is it sharp? It can be. Is it grainy? Oh yeah. Does it have those deeply inky blacks I enjoy? Heck yes. In fact, photographers who like to max the contrast of their images after a black and white conversion will really enjoy CineStill bwXX. The film also pushes decently well and most of all, I feel like it has a distinct look vs Kodak T-Max, Tri-x, and much of what Ilford offers. Oh yeah, and CineStill recommends rating it between ISO 200-400: but I’ve pushed it to 800 with decent results too.

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Our CineStill 50D Review Now Includes the 120 Emulsion

CineStill 50D in 120 is a beautiful film if you use it right.

We’ve updated our CineStill 50D review to include the 120 emulsion. 120 CineStill 50D came out after a campaign the company put out. So what do we think? Essentially, CineStill 50D is in some ways an unpredictable film. It’s gorgeous, but it will probably be never as popular as CineStill 800T. The reason for this is because of its very low ISO. Think of it in some ways like Kodak Ektar and Kodak Portra 160 put together. It’s capable of delivering some beautiful images but it’s also sort of unpredictable in that sometimes it leans more towards one emulsion than the other. It’s a gorgeous film and I’m sure to use it again perhaps when out and about hiking or something. But at the same time, I’m not sure why I’d particularly go for it vs Velvia 50 if I’m shooting landscapes.

For even more, be sure to check out our full review.

CineStill bwXX Film in 35mm is Back in Stock After a Really Long Time!

CineStill bwXX has been out of stock and was feared never to return. But it’s back!

Great news for everyone in the film photography world, CineStill bwXX is back in stock. This film is the company’s only black and white film emulsion and unfortunately is not as popular as the company’s 800T or 50D film emulsions partially because it’s fairly rare. You see, CineStill bwXX has been out of stock for a really long time – I want to say over a year. Every time you go to their website and look for the film, you see it isn’t available. But in a recent Instagram story, Cinestill announced the film has returned. And even better, it’s current being sold at $2 off!

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We’ve Updated Our CineStill 800T Review; Now Includes 120 Emulsion Tests

Hey folks,

This is an update to tell you we’ve finished reviewing CineStill 800T in both 35mm and 120. Our CineStill 800T Review has been updated accordingly. Besides obviously being a larger format of the film, we find CineStill 800T to be more forgiving with actual daylight. CineStill 800T is a tungsten based film and for that reason I believe it to be best for indoor usage and nighttime photography. It remains, in my mind, to be one of the best color films out there at the moment.

For the uninitiated, CineStill 800T is a tungsten film. It’s more or less Kodak Movie Film that was reformatted for C41 film processing. And it clearly delivers a look digital can’t give us.

Six Film Emulsions to Travel With on Your Next Trip (and a Few Recommended Cameras)

Lots of photographers are wary of bringing film with them on their next airplane trip, but the experienced photographers have learned how to do it. Sure, your phone, a good point and shoot, or a small ILC camera will work great but there is something absolutely unique about what film will do for the experience. Typically, folks love to look at and fall in love with their travel photos as soon as possible. But when you delay that otherwise instant gratification just a bit, you’ll be much more thoroughly surprised later on. Even if you shoot instant film, there’s still a Je Ne Sais Quoi about that moment that enhances the experience.

Here are a few of our favorite film emulsions

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CineStill 50D is Finally Here in the 120 Film Format (Lots of Sample Photos)

The folks over at CineStill have finally got CineStill 50D in the 120 format ready. CineStill 50D, for the uninitiated, the a low ISO, fine grain color negative emulsion. It is Kodak Vision film repackaged for 35mm and now 120 use. The difference is the removal of the remjet layer which lets it be processed C41 typically. We’ve reviewed the film in 35mm format and we’ve also used it in some of our review.

CineStill’s press release, which we have early access to and they’re allowing us to distribute early, is after the jump. Plus there are tech specs and sample images.

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These Are Photographic Film’s Worst Enemies (7 Common Film Issues)

This is a syndicated blog post from CineStill and the Brothers Wright. It and the images here are being used with permission.

“Here today, gone tomorrow…”

– a predominant theme in the modern digital world around us. The greatest appeal of photography is the ability to capture that fleeting moment. To lock it, in true permanence, with the swift and sure click of a shutter. But as with all things ones and zeros, digital photography is by nature immaterial. Film photography, on the other hand, is a physical process with immutable results.

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