New Movie Alert: CineStill 400Dynamic

Today is a good day for color film photography enthusiasts around the world. Kodak has announced that one of its most popular color films, the Kodak Gold 200, will soon be available in 120 format. And CineStill has unveiled a crowdfunding campaign to produce an all-new color film called CineStill 400Dynamic.

Introducing CineStill 400Dynamic

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According to the campaign, CineStill 400Dynamic, or “400D,” is a daylight-balanced color film intended for “everyday use.” CineStill says it will be available in 35mm and 120 formats. And assuming the campaign goes well, it’s even possible that 400D will be produced in 4×5 large format sheets.

In terms of picture quality, the film should offer “a soft color palette with natural saturated colors and rich, warm skin tones.” And like the brand’s other film offerings, this one comes from “cinematic film emulsion.”

An example of a photo taken with a ‘beta’ roll of CineStill 400D. Lena Aires/CineStill

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You can expect good push/pull versatility from this 400D – although it’s rated at ISO 400, CineStill says it can be pulled to ISO 200 or pushed up to ISO 3200. We haven’t yet seen examples pushed this far, but we’re super curious to see how it holds up.

The new film is developed using standard C-41 chemicals. It’s also treated with an “Anti-Static Lubricant Coating” to ensure the film moves easily in older cameras, whether hand-wound or automatic.

Where does the 400D fit in the CineStill range?

400D falls right in the middle of CineStill’s color film range. Currently, the brand offers a ISO 50 daylight balanced film And one ISO 800 Tungsten Balanced Filmwhich adds great versatility to the range.

A person in a floral shirt plays the guitar with their long hair obscuring their face.
You can expect slightly muted colors and reasonably fine grain from this film. Anna Gibbs/CineStill

Early birds get the movie

As is the case with most crowdfunding campaigns, there are a number of different “tiers” to support, each with different rewards. For those hungry to try this new film ASAP, CineStill is offering several “early bird” packages, shipping as early as April 2022. For $15, you can reserve a single 35mm roll of the film; there’s also an early bird option to secure 10 rolls of 35mm for $150. For 120 shooters, you can get 5 rolls of good stuff for $75.

Plus, you’ll find plenty of other non-early bird packages to choose from. These rewards all ship in July and are likely from a second production batch.

Portrait of a woman by window light shot with CineStill 400D.
Another beta sample. Ryan Muirhead/CineStill

Lots of campaign support

As of this writing, the crowdfunding campaign has only been live for a few hours, and it’s already 44% backed – you can count two PopPhotoo resident film nerds among these backers. And we have no doubt that the project will receive full support before its 21-day deadline.

In the end, whether or not you like the look of the 400D, throwing in $15 to help launch something new into the analog space is money well spent in our book. Not to mention that $15 is a pretty standard price for a specialty film roll.

Of course, if you’re feeling super generous, you can always drop $1,350 onto the 100-roll box.

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