Shooting CineStill 400D

The Static Shift
#1983. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.
Earlier this year, CineStill announced the release of a new color film: CineStill 400 Dynamic! Many have assumed that this is the same emulsion as Kodak’s Vision3 cinema film, but without the Remjet layer. CineStill has assured us that it is, in fact, a new emulsion. Either way, I picked up 2 early bird rolls and shot my first roll back in June.

CineStill 400D is a “fine grain film that delivers a soft color palette with natural saturated color and rich, warm skin tones.” The film boasts a wide dynamic range and can be rated anywhere from 200 to 800. I shot this roll at box speed.

The Static Shift
#1984. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.
I shot these photos of The Static Shift as they played at this year’s Lilac Festival and, for the most part, I’m quite happy with the results from CineStill 400D. I shoot so much expired film that I’m always thrilled when every photo is properly exposed. Given the wide dynamic range of this film, I wouldn’t expect anything less. And I quite like the softer, natural color palette. That being said, my only complaint is the skin tones. It isn’t as obvious in these photos, but I have other other photos where the musicians have an unnatural pallor to their skin. I’ll share those photos later this week.


The Static Shift
#1985. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

The Static Shift
#1986. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

The Static Shift
#1987. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

The Static Shift
#1988. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

The Static Shift
#1989. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

The Static Shift
#1990. CineStill 400D, Canon Rebel 2000. Unicolor C-41 Powder Kit, 3:30 min @ 40 °C.

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