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CineStill Inc.
  • Brandon Wright
  • Brian Wright
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
ProductsPhotographic film
A 135 film cartridge and packaging of Cinestill 800Tungsten

Cinestill Film is a Los Angeles based company that creates photographic film for still cameras in 135 and 120 film formats from modified Kodak motion picture cinema film stock. Using their knowledge of photography and cinematography, The Wright brothers began tinkering with processes to bridge the gap between motion picture technology and still photography. They started with hacking cameras and lenses, then moved on to chemically adapting film.

They began their journey by shooting a 250 exposure back for a Nikon camera, which allowed them to splice lengths of motion picture film together long enough for the motion picture processors. They then wanted to shoot the same technology in their Leica cameras and other compact cameras, and have the film processed at a normal photo lab. This led the Wright brothers to “hacking” film.

Started in 2012 CineStill has been delivering advanced cinema film technology to still photographers and has established itself as a trusted name for film photographers around the world. CineStill works hand-in-hand with current film photography companies to further the production of analog materials. This collaborative approach to manufacturing increases efficiency and sustainability of current resources, resulting in increased stability across the whole analog photography market, from manufacturing to consumption.[1][2]

Color negative films[edit]

For their color negative films, CineStill modifies Eastman Kodak motion picture cinema emulsions, allowing it to be developed with the C-41 process rather than the Eastman Color Negative process. CineStill converts the motion picture cinema film by eliminating the Remjet backing, a separate Anti-halation backing used to protect the film in motion picture cameras. Due to the removal of this anti-halation backing, CineStill Film exhibits a glowing effect on the image in areas with strong overexposure.[3][4] CineStill films can be processed in both C-41 chemistry and ECN chemistry for a lower contrast image.


CineStill’s 800Tungsten, also know as 800T, was the first color film stock that the company released. The film is based on Kodak’s Vision 3 5219 motion picture cinema film. 800T is a tungsten balanced color negative film that is factory spooled into 135 DX-coded cartridges. It is designed for difficult low light tungsten situations, but can also shot in daylight, with a recommended 85B filter. The film has a wide latitude allowing it to be shot between EI 200 to 1000, and can be push processed up to 3200.[5][6][7]


CineStill’s 50Daylight, also known as 50D, is a daylight balanced (5500K) color negative film that is based on Kodak’s Vision3 5203 motion picture cinema film. It is an extremely fine grain film that can be rated anywhere between EI 12-100 without the need for push processing. Similar to the 800T, 50D has its remjet layer removed which results in a slight halation effect. It is factory spooled into DX-coded cassettes.[8][9][10]


In Spring of 2022, CineStill announced their latest addition, CineStill 400Dynamic, also known as 400D. 400D is a 400 speed daylight balanced film, that’s ideal for any photographic scenario. CineStill announced their newest film via a crowdfunding campaign, which ran for 30 days. Their crowdfunding campaign successfully reached the goals that allowed CineStill to produce 400D in 35mm, 120 Medium Format, and 4x5 Large Format. CineStill 400D is described as a film with fine grain that delivers a soft color palette with natural saturated colors, and rich warm skin tones.[11][12][13][14]


In October 2021, CineStill launched their limited edition Redrum film, which was available in a limited quantity. Redrum was a redscaled version of their highly popular 800T. The film was only available in 120 Medium Format, which sold out within a few days.[15][16][17]

Black and white negative film[edit]

CineStill’s BwXX is based on Kodak’s Double-X 5222 film stock. It is a classic panchromatic black and white negative film that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It has a variable base ISO of 200 for tungsten lighting (3200K) and 250 under daylight (5500K). BwXX provides images with rich blacks, high contrast, broad tonal ranges, high sharpness, and a fie grain structure. In 2021 CineStill made BwXX available in 120 Medium Format.[18][19][20]

Film Chemistry[edit]

To make home film processing more accessible, CineStill offers various film chemistries to process a wide range of film. Their line of film chemistries include their Df96 B&W Monobath, Cs41 Color Simplified, Cs6 Creative Slide, and Cs2 Cine Simplified. Many of their processes are available in both liquid and powder concentrates.

Df96 B&W Monobath[edit]

The Df96 Monobath solution is one of the simplest and fastest ways to process black and white film. It is a reusable all-in-one solution that can process up to 16 rolls of film. It is a versatile self-completing process that is fully archival, odor-free, and economical.[21][22][23][24]

Cs41 Color Simplified[edit]

The Cs41 Color Simplified is a 2-bath kit that is used to process C-41 color negative film. The kit includes easy to mix concentrates that can produce one liter of developer and one liter of bleach & Fix (blix). The kit can process up to 24-rolls of film and is fully archival.[25][26][27]

Cs6 Creative Slide[edit]

The Cs6 Creative Slide is a 3-bath kit that is used to process E-6 color reversal film such as Kodak’s Ektachrome. The kit allows to creatively process color reversal film using one of CineStill’s first developers which includes their T6 Tungsten Chrome, D6 Daylight Chrome, and their D9 Dynamic Chrome. The 3 1-liter of chemistry solutions are reusable and can be used to process up to 16 rolls of film.[28][29][30]

Cs2 Cine Simplified[edit]

The Cs2 Cine Simplified by CineStill is designed to simplify the original 10+ step ECN-2 process used to develop motion picture film. This simplified kit includes a 2-bath process that provides un-compromised quality and accurate characteristic curves. The developer is combined with a pre-bath accelerant to produce proper ECN-2 density. The bleach and fixer baths are combined with the stop and wash baths to reduce the risk of processing defects caused by chemical carryover.[31][32]

TCS-1000 Temperature Control System[edit]

With their wide range of photo processing chemistry, CineStill wanted to provide an easy solution to help mix, heat, and maintain film chemistry during processing. The TCS-1000 was designed to be a straight-forward streamlined system that has an easy-to-use interface, that displays, current temperature, target temperature, and two separate timers ideal for the Cs41 2-bath process.[33][34][35][36]


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