Nikon f801s with Cinestill 50D film

A daily trip to the beautiful village of Palaios Panteleimonas, GREECE gave me the chance to shoot my first roll of Cinestill 50D film. I’ve read a lot about this particular emulsion, which is actually cine film  prepped for C-41 development by having the the remjet backing removed. At ISO 50, it should also be one of the finest grain films.

I used my Nikon F801s with three lenses on this trip, the Nikon 50mm f/1.4D, Nikon 24mm f/2.8D and my favorite lens, the Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC

On many shots I used a polarizer filter. Many of my images were taken under harsh sunlight, so they lighting conditions were not optimal. The film was scanned on an EpsonV500 scanner.

Being a 50 ISO film, means that you need light or a fast lens when the light falls. The fine grain is definitely  there as expected. What troubled me during the scanning process and at post, was getting the colors right. I would often end up with greenish or magenta tints, which required some effort to correct (and not always to the point I wanted to). Now, you know I am not good with Photoshop or getting the color I want easily, that’s one of the reasons I shoot lots of film, since film  it has the look and color I like without spending much time in post process. This film gave me some difficulties, even more the Kodak Ektar 100 to get colors right. I have seen great photos taken with Cinestill 50D, so I may have to alter my usual workflow to get the look I like, but if I have to spend time to do this, I would rather shoot the Kodak Portra 160. (which I also can find in a lower price than Cinestill).


So, my first effort with this film was not what I expected. I liked the fine grain, but the color didn’t really work for me. Maybe in the future I will try it one more time.


 I really liked the look of Cinestill 50D when converted to black and white as you can see below.




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