Kentmere 400 Film 35mm B&W ISO 400
Our Price: £4.50 GBP100193
A great starter-film for people trying 35mm film photography for the first time. The soft backing allows for easy scanning, the images will have medium contrast and fine grain, and its mid-speed rating means it can be used in a variety of lighting situations.
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Kentmere was a small black-and-white film manufacturer based in the Lake District for many years. It was acquired by Ilford's parent company in 2007, who consolidated production in their Mobberly plant. The brand exists as a more-affordable alternative to Ilford, with the same quality and consistency of production but with savings made in the emulsion chemicals.
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Kentmere 400 Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
When I first started shooting Kentmere 400 I had in mind all the lukewarm reviews that I had read online. I bought a couple of rolls as a cheap solution in case I run out of my usual choices. I put those rolls in my bag and forgot about them. Then, in one of my trips I got so excited with the city I was visiting that quickly I ran out of film... But not completely! I remembered I still had those two Kentmere 400 rolls.
For a moment, I hesitated a bit. I was worried that my pictures won't come out as good as I'd like... you know "what if there's no contrast or too much contrast?", "what if the grain is appalling?", "what if the grays are too blunt?" But since there was no other option, I loaded the first roll in my camera and I continued shooting around the city. As time was passing by something changed in my shooting attitude. Knowing that the film I'm using is not considered "top quality" made me less reluctant to waste it. Soon, I was determined to use these two rolls like it doesn't matter. I was focused completely on having fun, allowing randomness to take over. When I got home I developed all my rolls from the trip and I was surprised to see that my most favorite pictures were taken using the Kentmere 400! And then I remembered.
I shoot film because it's fun. I shoot film for me- it's a way to shape myself. I want to be able to try different angles, different lighting conditions etc. Essentially, I want to be able to "waste" film without worrying too much about it. Kentmere 400 is a cheap, robust film that will simply do the job.
If somehow you're shooting film professionally you most probably have already chosen your tools and most probably this film is not among them. Also, most probably, this review won't change your mind. If you just want to have fun, why not go for something like this? It's a fast film, perfect for beginners & street photography and one of the easy films to develop (quite forgiving as well!) that delivers beautiful negat...
I brought this as a practice film for my partner to use in her new camera as it’s the cheaper of the available B&W films. I was very pleased with the results in Cinestill DF96 developer and sneaked in a few shots of my own. Tones and grain a little harsher than some other 400 films but the difference is not huge which is impressive at this price-point. I’ll be getting some more.
I absolutely LOVE this film. Super cheap, can be shot in bright or low light conditions and pushes extremely well if needed.
It’s not quite Ilford HP5, but if you’re on a budget this is the next best thing. Holds up really well!
Develops very easily and well in Ilford chemicals, such as Ilfosol 3 and DD-X.
I’ll be leaving reviews throughout the website with pictures for full frame scans, so if you’re like me who loves to see the entire image and border, you can see what the results will be like.
I got a few rolls of this film when starting simply because I didn't want to make any mistakes on expensive film. However after using it, I've since come back for more! The dynamic range really surprised me, I used this in some very questionable lighting outdoors but nothing was too over or under exposed.
I haven't tried any of the more expensive films from Ilford etc so will only give 4 stars here, but for the price, if you're just starting out with film like I did, buy this film. No question in my opinion.
(Sorry for potato quality photo here, it had to be scanned in)
This is a decent black and white film to shoot. Its cheap and easy to develop. However the tones can be lacking and quite flat. I would recommend this film to beginners or anyone looking at trying to begin home developing B&W film. On the other hand, I have had good results enlarging this film onto photographic paper. Therefore, I think it it is a nice film to shoot from time to time but can be underwhelming.