On the 1st of December, CineStill announced their first product in the analog-to-digital space. The CS-Lite is a small camera scanning light source that offers three different modes to adjust the light temperature depending on the kind of film you scan.


A camera scanning light source is used when you want to scan analog film with the help of a digital camera. According to CineStill it is “easy-to-use, bright and affordable”. Everyone who has been trying to find a professional filmscanner in the past knows how important that last statement is. It has not always been very affordable to scan your film with high quality.

The CS-LITE will feature a CRI of 95+ for high color accuracy and a brightness of EV 15+ to provide a sufficient amount of illumination for even the densest of negatives.

Three different color modes

  • The cool light mode – This mode is for scanning color negative film and allows for more neutral color-balanced scans.
  • The white light mode – This mode is for black & white film.
  • The warm light mode – This mode is for scanning slide film as it produces richer tones and enhanced color separation.

Accessories offered:

CS-LiteMask – A set of masks for 35mm and 120 film to eliminate spill light.

CS-LiteBrite – A light collimating sheet that increases the directional light output and further reduces the spill light and enhances diffusion uniformity. Just one sheet of the CS-LiteBrite placed directly over your light source can increase the brightness by 60%.

The CS-Lite is also available in bundles with film holders from VALOI.

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  1. I’ve already purchases the CS-Lite. I’m starting to scan many color negatives in RAW mode. However, I’m curious about the color temperature of the three color modes, being the cool light mode, the white light mode and the warm light mode. I need this to adjust my canon EOS R10 (so not the AWB, but the real color temp). Please assist. Thank you!

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