Cinestill 800T - Film Review

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3.0 rating
User Ratings
4.5 rating
TypeC-41 Negative
Brand Cinestill
Format35mm, 120
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GrainFine - Coarse
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CineStill 800Tungsten is a unique film for still photographers. This 800-speed tungsten-balanced color negative film is prepared from the same motion picture film stock used by top cinematographers around the world. This film is designed for difficult low-light tungsten situations and may be used in many different lighting situations to achieve a variety of looks.

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)


  • Color Balanced Tungsten color 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 without worrying about remjet

Expiration: The new boxed CineStill film has a 2-year shelf life, and should be stored in the fridge and shot within 6 months of purchase to achieve optimal results. Exposed film should be processed promptly in C-41 chemicals to preserve latent image latitude and color fidelity. All current productions of CineStill have expiration dates for two years from the manufacture date on the box. If you have earlier productions of 800T (no retail box) or your film does not have an expiration date, it is likely age fogged.

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Unique Look and Feel

5.0 rating
January 31, 2020

I was very surprised by the quality of this film. It is actually not as grainy as expected. I did most of the shots outdoors in the day time, which is not how this feel was intended. I used a Hasselblad 500cm with an 85A filter. I used this color correction filter since the film is tungsten based, and I was shooting in the day light. For indoor shots, I removed the filter because it was primarily tungsten lighting. Outdoors did pose some challenges of course, being 800 speed film, and I rated it at 800. I had to be creative with the locations I shot in, using shadows, and blocking the direct sunlight. Overall, a very good film, and will be testing out even more

Lance Smith

Low Light Film

5.0 rating
January 24, 2020

This is my go-to film when shooting bands or anything low light. I have yet to push it but I have never needed a tripod in order to take pictures with this film. Even without pushing this is a phenomenal low light film.

Caitlyn Garrett

Unique Colors

5.0 rating
January 11, 2020

The film has very unique color renditions that really shine in moderately light rooms. The film handles overexposure better than underexposure, if it becomes underexposed the film will have over pronounced grain and a prominent blue cast, which is hard to correct in post.

Roberto Ruiz