The Mastin Labs film presets are criminally bad. The sample images on the Mastin's website are all heavily doctored which you realize only after getting your hands on the actual presets.
The presets are distasteful and not true to the films they pretend to represent.
If you have no real film experience they will give you a very wrong idea of what those films actually look like.
Calling this rubbish "film emulation" and selling it for money is an act of crime against film photography.
Review by KseZ5 months ago
False adverts. The actual Mastin Labs Capture One film styles are not true to film. At least for Kodak Portra and Kodak Ektar, the two I am most familiar with. All Mastin's presets are poorly thought through creations of bad taste. Total waste of time and money.
Review by Syri6 months ago
Total scam!!!! More expensive than most presets and not even remotely as advertised. Furious!!!! Never ever purchase! Colors are way off and ugly. I want a full refund.
Review by Champson1 year ago
I downloaded Mastin Labs Portra pack following some deceptive comments on Dpreview and immediately regretted it.
The Mastin Labs presets seem to be quite poorly designed: too strong, not profiled to cameras, do not support the Lightroom profile strength feature and, most importantly, hardly true to real film.
I wouldn't call it a complete scam but certainly not a great product and a fairly poor value for what you get.
Review by Noeltrust1 year ago
Mastin Labs is very aggressive on social marketing. They seem to be operating dozens of bots or fake accounts participating in discussions, pretending to be professional photographers and persuading you to buy Mastin Labs presets.
But be careful. From my own experience their presets feel like poor man's VSСО knockoff, made with little taste and hardly any knowledge of the actual film.
Review by Strabby1 year ago
Disappointed with the quality of Mastin's Kodak Everyday pack. Not true to real film at all, inaccurate, poor results. Only 3 presets in the package, look like VSСО copies but simplified and poorly designed compared to the originals. The price of $99 is absolutely inappropriate for what it is. Avoid this seller by any means, it's a scam.
Review by Nikokai1 year ago
I rarely leave reviews here but the case of Mastin labs is just outrageous. It is a complete joke. From all the presets and profile makers those are the most tasteless and dodgy despite Kirk Mastin claiming he made it based on real film scans.
In reality they are not true to real film and quite a long way from those doctored images he uses in his samples gallery. Also this guy seems to be using an army of bots and fake websites to create an illusion of support.
After my own experience with this vendor I can only reiterate what others say: avoid.
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