Using Cinestill 50Daylight and TOBI Collaboration

A few weeks ago I was able to try out some Cinestill’s 50Daylight film in a very cute small town in Northern California called Winters. I also am excited to work in a collaboration with TOBI. They sent me some pieces from their latest collections that my cousin and I wore while testing out this lovely film.

The Cinestill 50D is a newer emulsion from Cinestill that is made out of Kodak movie film that has been pretreated or had a “premoval” process done making it safe to be processed in standard C-41 lab chemicals.  The film is ISO 50 so your options for using it are mainly either very bright natural light or using a flash.  Kodak declares that it is the world’s finest grain film, but I still managed to get some in some of my shots (mainly in shots that were too dark). I tested two rolls on two different cameras.

  1. Canon AE-1 Program with Canon 70-150mm Lens
  2. Minolta SRT201 with Vivitar 28mm Wide Angle

I honestly think that the Minolta was able to produce a little bit better results due to the wide angle lens. I did not use any additional filters while shooting and I did not doctor any images in any programs. I used the images that were processed and scanned for me at my local film processor (Photolab Berkeley).

I kinda like this first shot where I somehow managed to get a huge light leak into the film. I took photos with both cameras at the same time so I really was not able to learn much from my mistakes just yet. Looking over the film I do recommend that you overexpose your shots. Many of the photos were just a tad too dark.


The shots above came out way to dark and could have def used a little more light coming in. Even though these pics are dim the areas that are bright are full of detail and are quite sharp.

The film has more subtle and cooler tones that makes the photos seem as if they had faded with time. The sun had started to set on the below pic causing some of the greens to get a little bit more of a bluish tint.

The brighter the photos were a little bit more saturated, but not by much keeping with the dated feel. 

Skin tones came out quite well on this film. Both my cousin and I have olive toned skin and I think that this film captured it well. We sometimes get washed out in certain situations.

I loved the results that got using this film. It does have a little bit of a learning curve, but I think after a few rolls you can master its quirks. I also do think this film works better in some situation more than others. This would make a great film to use at outdoor sunny wedding. The tones are fantastic for people that want to have that classic kind of vintage look. I would avoid using this in really dark situations and scenes that already have very muted looks as I think this will just wash out everything even more. I have included the features of the film below from the Cinestill website:

  • Color Balanced Daylight (5500K) color negative motion picture film stock for use as still photography film
  • ISO 50/18° in C-41 or ECN-2 Process
  • Factory spooled in 36 exposures high quality 135 Non Dx-Coded Cartridges
  • Remjet backing free, resulting in a unique halation effect
  • Unrivaled highlight latitude
  • Dynamic accurate color rendition
  • High resolution with maximum sharpness
  • Enhanced Scanning Performance
  • Great for portraits and landscapes
  • Recommended to process C-41 or you can process in ECN-2 chemistry by hand without worrying about rem-jet

If you are interested in purchasing this film you can find it at the below links.

CineStill 50Daylight Fine Grain Color Film on

CineStill 50 Daylight Fine Grain Color Film on B&H Photo

As mentioned before the outfits we are wearing through out were provided by TOBI.  They have a wide range of styles that can take you from weekend brunch to late night party scene. They have been well established since 2007, and get their style vibe from their LA based location.

Since it is just a tad chilly in the bay area I thought that some sweater dresses would be excellent for this time of year. They are super versatile and allow you skip the coat without costing you your warmth.

My cousin is wearing the HALF THOUGHT SWEATER DRESS which looks great with a pair of booties. It has cold shoulder sleeves that give just a hint of sexiness.

I’m wearing the BROOKLYN FLEECE SWEATER DRESS and it was amazing. It was like wearing your favorite sweatshit, but you didn’t look like a complete slob. It has little silver zippers on the sleeves right where your elbow falls. They could be opened to give a little peak of skin with certain movements. 

Last but not least my cousin was wearing the TERI OFF SHOULDER TOP. It has adorable bell sleeves that are currently on trend. I originally got it because I think it would look great with denim or black overalls.

Check out TOBI right now for some excellent holiday deals and for New Years Eve inspiration. New customers can get 50% off their first order. 


  1. Ron January 11, 2017

    I personally would only use 50D film at the beach. The 250D is better for all round daily film.

    • Adriana January 11, 2017

      The beach sounds really good! I bet it does do great there, though our beaches in the bay area are mainly foggy lol.


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