Kentmere 100 Film
Matthew Osborne Photography – August 2018
In my last blog post I discussed Kodak black and white film, specifically Kodak Double-X. Another B&W film that to my eyes gives a classic look is Kentmere 100 film. Kentmere film is only able in 35mm format and comes in two speeds, 100 and 400. I have only shot with Kentmere 100 but I liked the results enough that I didn’t look to try Kentmere 400.
I bought my first rolls of Kentmere 100 film in the US at either Adorama or B&H I think during a photography workshop I was running in New York. What I didn’t realise at the time is Kentmere film is actually made by Ilford film. It was first available in the US as a budget alternative to Ilford films but is now available in the UK also. With all the great black and white films available on the market I have not bought another batch of Kentmere film yet as I am still experiementing with new films. The latest film I tried was Ilford Pan 100 so I will share some samples and thoughts once I have shot a few more rolls of it.
Kentmere 100 – Flickr Photos
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Kentmere 100 Film Summary
Originally I bought this film because of the low price plus I like to experiment with different film stocks. I was pleasantly surprised by the sharpness and fine grain of Kentmere 100 when compared to other classic film emulsions such as Ilford FP4 plus and Ilford HP5 plus. I find 35mm FP4 a little to grainy for my portraits and similar to 35mm Kodak Tri-X 400 in that regard. That said I happily shoot 120 format HP5, FP4 and Tri-X in my medium format film cameras such as the Hasselblad and Mamiya 6 / 7 / RZ67 as the grain in the larger negatives is less pronounced.