CineStill 800T Emulation

I admit it, I’ve fallen in love with the look that Cinestill 800T can produce. The tones are fantastic, when shot with the correct light and ambiance. Sadly, at $30 per roll, it’s a costly film to purchase, and stock levels seem to be fairly low at the moment.

I’ve been using the Cinestill film emulation from the Fuji X Weekly website. Richie has some fantastic film emulation recipes, I highly recommend checking out his website here: https://fujixweekly.com/

Late Night Adventure
Fujifilm X-T3 Cinestill preset

I’ve made my own tweaks to his settings, mainly just to suit personal taste. I’ve bumped the colour to -2, put sharpening back to 0 and added Clarity +1 on my Fujifilm X-T4.

My settings are as follows:

Base: PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +3
Shadow: +1
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: -3
Clarity: +1
Grain Effect: Strong
White Balance: 3200K
ISO: 800 – 3200

Like most film emulations, it’s strongly a matter of personal taste, I’d encourage you to play with your settings and find what suits your preference.

For those of you who don’t shoot Fujifilm, don’t despair! I’ve created a Lightroom preset that mimics Cinestill 800 fairly well. The halation doesn’t compete with the film version, but it’s still a fantastic look.

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Lightroom Cinestill Preset

Copy the following code into Notepad, and save it as Cinestill800.xmp. Import the preset into Lightroom, and you’re ready to go!

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