Kentmere 100 B&W: My New Friend

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I'm always up for trying different types of film. This is Lomography after all, isn't it? :) So I picked up a few rolls of Kentmere 100 Black and White 35mm film and did some shooting.

Kentmere is a true black and white film, meaning it can’t be processed in C-41 color film chemicals. There are several types of B&W film, such as Ilford's XP2 and Kodak’s BW400CN, that can be processed at your neighborhood drugstore. Kentmere has to be developed at a lab that does black and white processing. Thankfully there’s a film lab not too far from my house that can do it.

My local lab charges $7 to develop a roll of 35mm black and white film. Yikes!!! Thanks to the Lomography tipsters, I overcame my apprehension and started developing film at home. It’s very easy. One of the first rolls I tried was Kentmere 100. I compared my home processing results to some Kentmere that was developed by my local lab. I’ll pat myself on the back because I think I did a good job.

My overall impression of Kentmere 100 is positive. It doesn’t have super dark blacks or bright whites, but it has some nice middle grey tones. It’s not a very sharp film either, but at $5 per roll that’s no surprise. I can see a fair amount of grain when I blow up the photos. The medium grain is evident in both the lab-developed and the home-developed photos. I used Ilfosol-3 developer which is supposed to result in smoother grain too.

I found Kentmere 100 to be a very versatile film in my rangefinder cameras. And another pleasant thing I discovered is how it doesn’t curl up like a lot of other negatives tend to do. It makes scanning them much easier. Will I buy more Kentmere 100? Yes!

written by nigelk on 2011-05-28 in #reviews #iso400-35mm #film #lomography #grain #b-w #processing #kentmere-black-and-white #user-review

One Comment

  1. lachicktravels
    lachicktravels ·

    great review nigelk! i've never heard of kentmere 100 b&w film but now i want to try it out! =) it's actually pretty interesting how these film cameras can develop such great results, many times dare i say better than digital. lomography is wonderful and very fun to experiment with.

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