A number of years ago when I first got into 35mm film photography, I stumbled across Cinestill 800T whilst trawling the internet. Essentially 35mm cinematic film with the remjet removed for use in stills cameras, being available also in 120 format. Keen to try it out as with just about any new film, I ordered a some rolls. The first opportunity to use it was when I travelled to Europe for the first time in August 2015. Perfect. With plenty of opportunities to shoot it, I had tried to plan around camera / film configuration for different locations and times of day with separate cameras I hoped to have colour in one, black and white in the other. Not always working out, I shot it during dusk, night and even during the day. With interesting results, my film photography journey has always been about trying new methods. Being a tungsten balanced film, daylight shooting can be achieved with an 85 filter. As pretty much all colour film is daylight balanced (unless otherwise specified).
All shot 99% of the time at box speed. Except one time when I was in Monaco with a roll loaded, a view of the marina presented itself and snap. 1600 (+2). In pretty much 100% daylight. Other images shot during the day, one in particular from Budapest, completely green. Possibly a slight error with development. These are the kinds of images I love. And a good part of the reason why I shoot film. Sure you could come up with different emulations of film in Lightroom or Photoshop, but the randomness could never be replicated.
Being a personal favourite because of the night time, dusk colours and even shot in the daytime. Highlights often flaring up (bright light sources) giving it an iconic cinematic look. Drawing a lot of inspiration for my work from cinema. Particularly JJ Abrams and Spielberg. With plans in the future to shoot some 800T with an anamorphic lens, I suspect the results will be nothing short of both interesting and amazing. Again all photos shot on my trusty Canon A1.
Tech Stuff (from Cinestills Website)
Color Balanced Tungsten colour negative motion picture film stock for use as still photography film
Factory boxed and spooled into NEW high quality Dx-Coded Cartridges
Remjet backing free, resulting in a unique halation effect
Designed for difficult low light tungsten situations
When shot in daylight, an 85 filter is recommended and/or shooting the film at 500 ISO
Acceptable for push processing up to 3200 ISO
Recommended to process C-41 or you can process using ALL of the ECN-2 steps by hand without worrying about remjet