ILFORD Kentmere Pan 400 - Film Review

Kentmere Pan 400
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Kentmere 400 is a high speed Panchromatic black & white film suitable for a wide variety of photography.  It has mild contrast, subtle tones, and very good exposure latitude.  Due to its affordability and broad exposure latitude it is an ideal film stock for beginners.

When metering for this film we highly recommend erring on over exposure by metering for the shadows.

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A fantastic film to stock up on

Rated 5 out of 5
November 30, 2021

This film is cheap, flexible, and surprisingly yields extremely high image quality. I shot several rolls of Kentmere 400 pushed to 1600 with DDX and I was blown away by the results. I love this film because it encourages the shooter to go out and shoot. It’s so cheap and with that expendable mentality, it’s easy to just snap pictures of things you would not normally take pictures of. I could go on for days. But seriously, this film is cheap and yields high quality results. The only downside I have experienced while using this film is that there may be scratches on the film already or it scratches extremely easily. I don’t use kentmere 400 for anything serious but I would highly recommend using it for everything from portraits to city scapes and architectural photography. Street photography shooting is also a great choice with this film. Kentmere 400 yields medium contrast but sharp images when developed with ddx @ 1600


Great snap shot film

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2021

Love this film. Good price. I feel like it’s great for the day to day snap shots

Tamara Bot

My favorite around the house film

Rated 5 out of 5
February 7, 2020

I buy Kentmere 400 in 100′ rolls and self-roll it into canisters. With that, it’s the cheapest and easiest film to just have around the house (or to make short rolls when I need to test out a new camera). It’s perfect for documenting life as I see it. I like to overexpose it by a stop if possible because it creates a really pleasing highlight contrast on caucasian faces. It makes my daughter’s eyes pop from her face. The grain is pretty noticeable, but I like that it.

Joseph J Tobiason