Several weeks ago RR Alexanders from The Crossings sent me a couple rolls of his favorite film – Kentmere 100 to try out after hearing my film shortage. Then Joe decided to get me a Nikon F body to play with, because he feels like it, I supposed. Works like a charm after I cleaned it all the way up, which you will see.
Here we are, a group effort once again.
- Nikon F / Photomic FTn
- Nikkor 50mm F2 NAI
- Kentmere 100 (Reload)
- Kodak XTOL 1+2 Rotary 20C 11.5 Minutes
- Epson Scan – Sharpen on low, as usual.
I’ll let you guys look at the shots first,
- First of all Kentmere is manufactured by Harmon Technology, which is the mother company of Ilford, that alone should make you feel very comfortable to try it.
- The film base (“plastic”) is slightly thinner than my Tri X and HP5. Also be careful when drying with a squeegee, it scratches slightly easier than Tri X.
- When it’s dried, it is extremely (what I really wanted to say is ridiculously) flat, physically.
- The antihalation layer is purple-ish, and very sufficient. You do not see anything glowing in samples above, even in high contrast scenario, or severely over exposed in the self portrait shot.
- It has very fine grain, is sharp and has a board tonal rage and latitude.
- It is also priced competitively.
- I do recommend this product.
If you’re interested in seeing more samples of Kentmere 100, head over to http://rralexander.wordpress.com , that is almost all he shoots for black and white. And make sure to order a couple rolls when you can, so RRalexander do not have to worry about they will stop making the film in the future. For real, seeing Plus X is gone, Kentmere 100 might just do the trick on being my traditional grain 100 speed film. You will find Kentmere 100 in every major online photo supply store.
Please remember film tests are subject to Film Developer, Agitation Methods and other variables.
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