Cinestill 400D - Film Review

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
TypeC-41 Negative
Brand Cinestill
Format35mm, 120
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GrainFine - Coarse
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Cinestill 400Dynamic  comes in; 35mm, 120, and 4×5! This color negative film is daylight balanced, has incredible exposure latitude, and while the grain is relatively noticeable,  when properly exposed, it looks really good.  It will be a great in-between of Cinestill’s 50D & 800T.

Like 50D and 800T, 400D is motion picture film in which the rem jet layer has been removed allowing it to be developed as C-41.  With the removal of the rem jet layer, the halation is increased which is very noticeable with direct backlit scenes.  400D has a lot of warmth and since it has high exposure latitude we recommend erring on overexposure by metering for the shadows.



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Great to have a new 400 speed film available

Rated 5 out of 5
September 1, 2023

I like using 400 speed film for its versatility in lots of different lighting conditions. The film has a good grain that isn’t too overpowering, and some interesting effects due to the signature Cinestill halations.

Iain Laurence

OK for most subjects, will let you down with other subjects

Rated 2 out of 5
August 18, 2023

I shot 2 rolls of 400D and while I would rate it just average for many subjects, it disappointed my totally for a series of sunsets I shot.
For one particular sunset, the actual colors were very muted—pale yellows, pale oranges and pale pinks. When I got the film developed and printed, I was surprised to find that 400D rendered all these pales colors as shades of green. Yes, a green sunset.

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