Cinestill 400D - Film Review

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 3.7 out of 5
TypeC-41 Negative
Brand Cinestill
Format35mm, 120, 4x5
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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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Rated 3.7 out of 5
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Definitely Versatile

Rated 4 out of 5
December 6, 2023

ISO 400 isn’t my favorite film speed. I’d much rather prefer either ISO 50 or 800 depending on the situation. That being said there’s no arguing that 400 is useful if you do not know what your lighting situation will be in advance and/or if you need to jump between indoor and outdoor shots during the roll. Plus it’s always nice to see a new CineStill.

Andrew Karmun

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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