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!
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