Film Review: Cinestill 800


Cinestill film has been around for a few years now and I’ve been itching to give it a try. The story behind it is that it is reconfigured motion picture film, giving it a look and latitude that differs significantly from standard 35mm film. They have a great summary of how they accomplished this and how their product came to be HERE.

For my own purposes, I’ve been looking for a relatively high speed color film to do some street/urban landscape shooting with. There aren’t a lot of options available (pretty much this stock and Portra 800) so I figured that it was a great opportunity to give it a try. The film is rated at 800, although it is touted as being very receptive to push processing. I shot this roll at ISO 1600 and had the lab push the processing 2 stops. I was a little nervous because that introduced a lot of variables into my shooting but once I got the roll back I found that my concerns were unwarranted. This film stock is the real deal!


I expected this film to perform well in low light at the bare minimum but I was unprepared for how well it looked in good lighting conditions. The dynamic range, especially when you consider that I shot it at ISO 1600, is nothing short of amazing. I have to say, I’m really looking forward to shooting more of the EI800 Tungsten and trying out their other films.

For more information on Cinestill and their products, check out their site at And if you have any questions about using the film, hit them up via Twitter, they’re really responsive and helpful.