Canon Eos 1V and Cinestill 800T
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5 Night Photography Frames with a Canon Eos 1V – Cinestill 800T – Marco Manuzzi

December 10, 2022

I’ve always been a Canon guy, a digital one, and like many of us I’ve collected more than 10 EF lenses for almost every purpose. Since the pandemic breakout in 2020 I’ve started to re-explore the 35mm film world (thanks to a lucky find of a Nikon Coolscan 5000 buried in my basement), my first thought was: “since I own many EF lenses why not use them on a film EOS camera?” The first film camera was an EOS 650, perfectly compatible with all my lenses but with some caveats: 1 AF point, just 2 metering modes, no lcd backlight… you know, coming from a DSLR the drawbacks were a little disappointing.

Canon Eos 1V

So here I am, coming from a digital world where the camera has got so many features that I’m missing on this 80’s tank shaped camera, is there a convergence point where the best of the two worlds meets? Yes, there is, and it’s a round shaped tank born in the 21st century. 45 AF points, 21 Metering zone and the list goes on and on; oh, that’s my camera. Just one problem, finding one in good shape (at least in Italy) is troublesome, moreover most of them are the HS (High Speed) variant with 10 fps capabilities, too bulky and heavy for me. Nevertheless, just near my birthday I’ve found one, and it was just 10km away from me, guess what? Now it’s mine.

Cinestill 800T

So, what’s the point of owning one of the best film cameras with a quite decent amount of fast lenses if not using them together at night, preferably handheld?
Here comes one of my most beloved film stocks available today: CInestill 800T. The idea is simple, bring my Eos 1V equipped with my beloved EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and a couple of 800T rolls almost every night I go out.

This film stock is not so easy to use, I’ve tried many setups on my first 2 rolls and then found a quite reasonable fixed setup:

  • Metering Mode: Centre Weighted Average,
  • Iso: 1600-2000
  • Push: +2
  • Shutter speed and f number set trough Av (Aperture priority) mode depending on the scene.

So here below the 5 frames:

Gas station

Canon EOS 1V, EF 50 f/1.4 @ f1.4, CInestill 800T rated @ 3200 ISO, Push +3

Night Roses

Canon EOS 1V, EF 50 f/1.4 @ f1.4, CInestill 800T rated @ 3200 ISO, Push +3

Cesenatico’s Ferris wheel

Canon EOS 1V, EF 50 f/1.4 @ f2.0, CInestill 800T rated @ 1600 ISO, Push +2

Cesenatico’s Skyscraper and shore

Canon EOS 1V, EF 50 f/1.4 @ f16, CInestill 800T rated @ 1600 ISO, Push +2

Mercurya frontman

Canon EOS 1V, EF 80 f/1.8 @ f2.0, CInestill 800T rated @ 2000 ISO, Push +2

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Ciao Ciao

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    R Chan
    December 12, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I feel nothing when I see these images. Do they mean something to you especially?

    • Reply
      Marco Manuzzi
      December 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      I personally think (and maybe many of us would agree too) that the same photo could tell something different to everyone. Just remember that those are the point of view of the photographer of a specific moment of his life

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