There’s some very exciting news coming out of CineStill today in the form of an announcement of new powdered film developing chemistry and manufacturing updates for all new film.

As I’ve noted on social media and this website before, if you’re not based on the US Mainland or in Europe, one of the biggest problems for film photographers who develop their own film is the accessibility of liquid chemistry – especially for C-41 and E-6 processes, where the nature of the chemistry and its components means that kit costs are either insanely prohibitive, or the chemistry is simply unable to be shipped.

CineStill new powdered Df96 black and white Monobath (exhaustively tested here and here on EMULSIVE), and powdered Cs41 (C-41) kits change that.

Both powdered kits will be shipping from Feb 11th 2019 onwards, with Df96 coming in at $3 under the cost of its liquid counterpart. Shipping wise, a quick comparison on the CineStill website shows me that shipping costs for liquid vs powdered Df96 is just under 60% cheaper for me.

Each kit simply requires the addition of water to get ready for use and when rehydrated, both kits provide the same technical specifications of their ready-mixed counterparts. In the case of Df96 “DEVELOPER&FIX” monobath:

  • Reusable, single-bath processing for traditional B&W films.
  • Processes over 16 rolls of film.
  • Process 1-8 rolls at a time.
  • Flexible room temperature processing from 70-80°F / 21-26°C with ±2°F / 1°C tolerance.
  • Worlds fastest process at 26°C / 80°F in just 3 minutes.
  • Can be used for normal or push and pull processing (adjust ±10°F / 5°C).
  • Extremely versatile self-completing process.
  • No special processor needed (use standard processing tanks and reels).
  • Fully archival (see below).
  • Economical.

…and in the case of Cs41 “Color Simplified” 2-Bath:

  • Processing of any colour negative (C-41) film or cross processing of any colour slide (E-6) film.
  • Ships without ORM-D ground-shipping only restrictions.
  • 3x powder parts to make 1 liter of Developer and Bleach&Fix.
  • Simple 2-bath kit (just like most black and white processing).
  • No special processor needed (use standard processing tanks and reels).
  • Flexible processing temperatures.
  • Instructions for processing and Push/Pull processing included.
  • Reusable for up to 24 rolls of film.
  • Long lasting shelf life.
  • Fully archival.
  • Affordable.

In addition to the new powdered developers, CineStill are also announcing new and improved 35mm film as they switch over to the same manufacturing production currently employed for their 120 formal roll film.

The new film CineStill 800T and 50D features an extended shelf life of 2 years, new packaging and edge printing. CineStill expects the transition to take approximately six months. In addition to updated production, CineStill will also be increasing the price of 35mm films, bringing them in-line with their 120 offerings. According to the company, this is in order to build-in increases in film production costs and is the first such increase from the company.

You can find out more about the new powdered kits and updated 35mm CineStill 800T over at CineStill’s website.

Thanks for reading and please leave your thoughts on the new developer options and films below.

~ EM

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