Interesting to read/see this review of Cinestill 800T: “There have been reports that in older Cinestill 800T rolls, the beginning few frames of a roll can exhibit weird streaks and light leaks. I can confirm personally that this is true. Best to stick to newer rolls as I’ve hadn’t run into this problem since.”
While I was in Japan I shot six rolls of Cinestill 800T, mainly due to wanting to experiment shooting handheld in low light with the XPAN. I bought a few 10 packs of Natura 1600 (now discontinued & rapidly escalating in price secondhand) but there really aren’t any other options for fast colour film now, so I was interested to see how Cinestill 800 performed, knowing that it is repurposed Kodak Tungsten film.
I am used to the issue that the first photo on the roll may be flashed, due to loading the XPAN in non-darkness…. but with the XPAN in use, that means it is not the first photo you shoot but the last one (as the XPAN fully extracts your film from the get go, and then shot by shot rewinds it) So I always repeat the last shot on each roll again on the next roll, knowing that end of roll shot will likely have a light leak… But… they are often beautiful! I shot six rolls of Cinestill 800 (some pushed to 3200) while in Japan (some as you have seen here) and it was only on four of the rolls that I got an interesting flash frame… These:
“…the magic of these rocks is that they work by tacit agreement…”