This summer, I shot my very first roll of Cinestill 800t film at a few different spots around the city. Cinestill has been available to the public for a couple of years now, but it's still notoriously difficult to track down in stores in Toronto, so I didn't have a chance to see much local work with it before I bought some to try. This post certainly isn't a technical review, but I hope these images from my test roll of Cinestill will be helpful for those of you who are deciding whether or not to order a roll online.
(All photos in this post were developed and scanned by Aden Camera at Yonge & Elm.)
Ayla and I started off our day heading over to the Aga Khan Museum, one of the most beautiful spaces around Toronto. It's a little bit of a trek from downtown on the TTC, but very worth it.
A note for the photographers reading this: the redness along the edges of the pavement in this photo is a good example of unwanted red halation in the stronger highlights of Cinestill shots. You'll find the same thing in the next image as well. I actually really like the effect this gave to my nighttime and indoor photos, where the halation appears around direct light sources, but keep this in mind especially if you end up shooting with Cinestill in daylight.
(If you're interested in why this happens, visit the Cinestill FAQ and check out the sections on Remjet backing.)
Next up, a few shots from later in the day when the Roots played at Nathan Phillips Square for the Pan Am Games. (Not pictured here: the amazing churros we picked up from Kensington along the way!)
Nighttime photos downtown were by far my favourite way to use this film stock, and it's probably how I'll use my next roll of the stuff.
The night images were rated between 800 and 1250 and shot consistently at f/1.2.