Q: What are the Vision 3 films behind the creation of CineStill Film?
A: Vision 3 5219 is the 3rd generation of tungsten balanced EI 500 color negative motion picture film stock. It is at the forefront of R&D for film technology, because the Movie & TV industry is film's #1 client. The emulsions are optimized for a hybrid workflow, ideal for scanning, with literally futuristic features (from still photography perspective). Kodak "borrowed" technology from their motion picture department for the new Portra films and Ektar. This is nothing new though, as any advances in film technology have gone to the highest bidder (we've gotten the trickle down in stills) for some time now..

Q: What is Remjet?
A: An anti-halation layer on the film's base that acts as to protect from base scratches, static, and halation of highlights in exposure. It was notably used on Kodachrome (K-14 process) originally in still photography. 

Q: What is halation?
A: Halation is the reflection of bright points of light off of the film base and pressure plate causing a "glow" in the strong highlights on some images. This is most evident when light sources are in focus in the photograph. Halation is a common characteristic of classic black and white photography and in some aerial photographic emulsions.

Q: What type of light is CineStill 800Tungsten made for?
A: 800Tungsten is designed for difficult low light tungsten situations. It may be used in many different lighting situations to achieve a variety of looks but due to it's cool color balance and halation some situations will have a more stylistic look that may or may not be desirable.

Use CineStill 800Tungsten when photographing:
   - tungsten/incandescent light
   - candle light
   - fluorescent light
   - mixed tungsten and fluorescent
   - mixed tungsten and limited daylight

Avoid using CineStill 800Tungsten (or expect a unique look) when photographing:
   - open shade
   - cool light
   - daylight overpowering tungsten
   - heavily backlit images
   - strong window light
   - content including intense points of light (christmas lights, chandeliers, neon signs, bright windows)    

Q: Is there anything I should do differently when shooting CineStill Film?
A: CineStill 800Tungsten is extremely sensitive to light leaks! Be sure your camera's light seals are in good condition and if you have a film check window on the back door of your camera it would be a safe idea to tape it off. Earlier difficulties have now been resolved since going into larger production with factory staked cans. We were originally hand rolling the film one at a time in recycled 135 canisters throughout beta testing.

Q: How do I rate CineStill 800Tungsten?
A: This film has LATITUDE! The ISO that one chooses to rate this film is dependent on what the permissible light available is. If you overexpose it (100 or 200) it will still retain highlight detail and fine grain. If you underexpose (up to 2000) you will still retain most shadow detail. So long as the shadow detail is preserved, the negative may be scanned to retain the good color and dynamics. Remember, grain separation becomes more severe with less exposure, and less prevalent/smoother the more exposure a color negative film receives (due to overlapping of T-grain technology and the tonal blending of the dye cloud). Many cinematographers regularly have rated 800T at 1000 speed with no push but the ideal ISO to rate this film at will always be somewhere between 400 and 800 without push processing.

Q: When should I push CineStill 800Tungsten?
A: We recommend push processing for anything over ISO 1600. Treat this film as an ISO 800 speed film  when processing in C-41 and push process whenever needed up to ISO 3200.

Recommended ISO and acceptable exposure for push processing:

   ISO 800 - No push - EI 200-1600
   ISO 1250 - 1 stop push - EI 800-2000
   ISO 1600 - 2 stop push - EI 1250-3200
   ISO 3200 - 3 stop push - EI 1600-3200 (added contrast)

Test it yourself and see how you like it exposed!

Q: Should I use a filter on 800Tungsten in daylight?
A: You do not have to, but if you wish to cut down on exposure while helping to create a warmer image with more accurate color a 85 or 81 filter is recommended for shooting in daylight. All negative film is color balanced while the professional scans are made so there is some forgiveness. If you will be shooting mostly in daylight we recommend using a standard daylight film like Kodak Portra 400.

Q: How should I meter for CineStill Film?
A: Always meter negative film in a way that you are sure the shadow point of your images preserve some detail. Highlights can be overexposed by a dozen stops and still be scanned to retain detail. With a handheld incident meter, point your meter away from the main light source and make a minimum exposure reading. With in camera or spot meter take your minimum exposure reading from the darkest tone in your scene. Anything exposed under that should be expected to remain void of detail. 

Q: Is CineStill film available in Medium or Large Format?
A: Not in the traditional sense... 35mm is the only translatable format from motion picture to still photography. 65mm/70mm (IMAX) films are manufactured, but are not able to be converted or repackaged for still usage as of now but we plan on offering many other films in the future.

Q: What is the shelf-life & archivability of CineStill Film processed in C-41 chemistry?
A: Unexposed CineStill film should be stored in the fridge if it will be shot within 6 months or frozen it will be stored longer before shooting. Processed films should remain in a cool, dark place. C-41 process uses some of the most archival chemicals available for photo processing today. There have been no scientific tests for the dye stability of ECN film cross-processed in C-41 but from our tests on film processed four years ago there is no color degradation or fogging of the magenta dye layer.

Q: How do I take beautiful pictures with CineStill Film?
A: Expose beautiful subjects, in beautiful lighting and have it processed and scanned/printed at a reputable professional lab!


  1. Isn't ISO 1600 just a 1 stop push?

  2. You can do either a 1 stop or 2 stop push if you expose at EI 1600 based on taste and contrast level desired.

  3. is this tungsten balanced film compatible with flash photography?

  4. How many frames will I get from it?

  5. The rolls are 36 exposure length!

  6. Jose, yes! You will need to CTO gel your flash to be 3200K but our tests show very good results at all flash durations that we tested. We rate it at EI400 with flash photography.

  7. Hi Brandon. I want to try out your beautiful looking film in my Contax T2. Problem is, your film is not DX coded and I can't manually set film speed to 800. I did hear that the camera will default to ISO 100 when it doesn't detect DX. Assuming my math is correct, would I just set EV to -3? Also, what instructions should I give my film developer?

  8. Hi Daniel,

    Your math is correct. If your camera is reading the film as ISO 100 you will need to fool the camera by setting the EV to -3 as a starting point. Naturally with any auto exposure camera you will want to adjust this based on the scene you will be photography, erring on the side of overexposure. For most scenes with a good amount of light I would set it to EV -2 just to be safe. In dimmer and spotty light EV -3 should be fine. On a backlit subject, with a window behind them for example, you may even want to set it to EV -1 or 0.

    You will not need to give any additional instructions to your lab. Happy shooting! :)

  9. Hi! I would like to know if you will be planning to sell any new film products in the future?

    - Jonathan Siow