Kentmere Pan400 is a great emulsion for people trying 120 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.
Rated ISO 400 with excellent push characteristics, Kentmere Pan 400 film is one of the most versatile and forgiving black & white films on the market. Ideal for ‘everyday’ use, and suitable for a wide variety of subjects and lighting conditions, the resulting negatives capture a broad range of tones and are perfect for both darkroom printing and scanning.
Drawing many attributes from ILFORD stocks such as HP5, Kentmere Pan 400’s price point, coupled with its wide and forgiving exposure latitude, make it an ideal film for those new or returning to film photography as well as students and budget conscious photographers.
For loads more information (and sample photos) check out the video on Kentmere 400 below! Based on Kentmere Pan400 35mm, but the points all apply to Kentmere in medium format 😊
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 Mobberley 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.
Sample Photos (c) Craig Fleming and Matt Parry
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a nice beginner film
I love Kentmere 400. Due to its easy availability and wallet-friendly price, I shoot it almost exclusively. And this is an excellent film stock.
I shot it successfully at ISO 200, 400, 800 and 3200. It works well with almost all developers out there and depending on what you shoot and how you develop your film, you can get a lot of different looks from this film. Want more contrast? Push it. Less grain? Shoot at ISO 200.
Overall this is the best value B&W film out there and I love it. Thanks Ilford for keeping the prices low!
First Kentmere film I’ve tried🤓 For a ‘cheaper’ film, it packs a lotta punch🥊. Well done to all at AW🤩 I hold you truly responsible for this new love affair with Kentmere. (Not forgetting your perfect service)💘
Am loving this film, these were shot using my Lubitel 2 and I'm very impressed given it's budget price.