A Cinestill Cliche!

A photo of my Ricohmatic 225 and some Cinestill 800T film all ready to shoot

I know I know, you want to try Cinestill 800T but what to shoot – petrol stations right? It’s the law.

I thought about shooting the dark evenings, the Christmas lights etc but ended up at the local fuel station!

I knew I should have taken the tripod and this is clear in the end result as I had to shoot at a 4/sec. I did manage to stay still enough for at least one shot but the rest are blurry.

I shot these with my Ricohmatic 225 and holding the camera taught with the strap for stability – not stable enough!

My fault. I know that.

I am happy with the results though and can see that this film isn’t good enough for Christmas decorations unless I use a tripod and a slower shutter.

The petrol station however, came out ok!

I have a 120 roll and a 35mm roll and as we approach the shortest day of the year, I look forward to shooting with this stock again.


  1. I have trouble hand-holding a camera and getting acceptable results with any speed below 1/60 of a second. I am impressed that you were able to walk away with a brilliant image without using a tripod.

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  2. I shot my first roll of Cinestill 800T just last week. As is the law, I also photographed a petrol station. πŸ™‚


    I managed to overexpose most of the roll because I mis-read the shutter speed dial on my Bronica in the dark! Luckily the film has great latitude, and the shots came out ok. Having a tripod was a definite benefit, even if I did feel slightly odd setting it up as people drove past.

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    1. Ah see I set mine before I headed out. The handheld light meter couldn’t really go any darker so I stuck with 800 and 1/4 at f/8. In the most part it worked but a slower shutter and tripod would have been better.

      I like your photo. It’s very atmospheric.

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      1. Thanks Keith.

        I took a digital camera out with me as my handheld meter probably isn’t up to the task of getting correct readings in the dark either. The idea was to set the digicam to an ISO that matched the film and then set the aperture to what I wanted to use on the film shot, The result would give me the shutter speed required (hopefully not requiring any reciprocity correction). After the first shot I got a bit over-confident and moved the shutter speed dial on the Bronica by feeling the clicks instead of using my phone torch to check it properly. It seems I can’t count clicks properly… πŸ™‚

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      2. Lol. Lesson learnt.

        I did something similar today. To test my Canon 7 I took some shots with my X100T and then used the same settings. Will be interesting to see how things develop from the Canon.

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