Kentmere Fast Fine Grain Black & White Negative Film ISO 400, 35mm Size, 36 Exposure

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About Kentmere

Kentmere 400 is a fast, fine grain black and white film, ideal for pictorial and fine art photography. Prints made from Kentmere 400 film exposed at EI 400/27 have very fine grain and outstanding sharpness.

In fact the results are similar to those expected from a conventional medium speed black and white film. The superb image quality of Kentmere 400 means that it is possible to use this film in situations that would usually require a medium speed film.

Its EI 400/27 speed rating, however, allows the use of higher shutter speeds or greater depth of field than with a medium speed film while giving similar quality results. Additionally, the fast speed of Kentmere 400 ensures excellent results in low lighting conditions.

Kentmere 400 is more than an ISO 400/27° film. Its exposure latitude allows good quality results to be obtained over the exposure range EI 200/24 to EI 1600/33. Kentmere 400 is compatible with all major processing systems and can be processed in all popular developers.

With Kentmere 400, Kentmere has created a truly remarkable black and white film. Thanks to revolutionary core shell emulsion technology, it has a level of sharpness and freedom from grain that belies the film's light grabbing ISO 400 speed. The most significant technology shift is in shadow rendition: thin areas of the negative are slightly denser and hold detail much better.

Kentmere 400 has wide exposure latitude and a tonal range that matches easily on both graded and variable contrast printing papers. Kentmere 400 is the ideal choice for applications that demand high quality, but where extra film speed is an advantage. It is suitable for pictorial, fine art as well as fashion photography and for many areas that were formerly the preserve of slower films.

For the creative photographer, the combination of speed and precision is a liberation: hand held portraits in available light have smooth skin tones and tack-sharp detail; reportage photography no longer suffers from gritty, conspicuous grain.

For studio photographers, the film's high speed spells smaller apertures, shorter exposures and lower lighting requirements - without any quality sacrifices. Kentmere 400 excels in the darkroom too: it pushes well and delivers its superb performance in the widest range of developers.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good tonal range (6),Accurate (5),Consistent (5),Reproduces well (4),Scans well (3)
Best Uses:
Artwork (6),Travel (5),Action shots (4),Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Kentmere Features

  • ISO 400/27°, Fine Grain, Black and White Professional Film for Superb Print Quality

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Good Film, Great Price

This is a good all around film. I have shot a few rolls and find it has good blacks. A little better than some other brands. The cost is reasonable also.

Reviewed by 8 customers


35mm, 36 Exposure by Kentmere


from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

An excellent general purpose film. Processes well with sprint and Dektol. My school distributes this film and its comparable to Neopan 400 and Tri-x.


Simply Stunning!


from Charleston S.C.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Okay I must admit I am a Kodak man, having shot with Tmax 400 all my life I was skeptical. A friend suggested I try Kentmere . At half the cost I was not sure. When I developed my first roll I was blown away by the performance. This film rocks great contrast,the tone is bold and deep. My images POP! I simply matte and frame andI have stunning show quality images. I still love Kodak, but when I want to save money while traveling with my Nikon S2 rangefinder, I keep a dozen or more Kentmere 400 in my bag.


Great for students!


from Western Mass  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I am a student and required to burn a lot of film. This delivers quality results consistently at an affordable price. I will buy it again!


Good quality film at an affordable price


from Illinois  -  Getting Started

This is a good quality film. And being a broke college student it is very affordable.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Gorgeous grain


from CT  -  Casual Photographer

Lower resolution than competing ISO 400 (suggested) films, but has nice tonal range, and beautiful non-clumpy grain that makes out-of-focus areas melt into a pleasing, diffuse atmosphere. Can give wicked contrast when overexposed in direct sunlight (this is not a criticism--it looks awesome), but well-separated tones indoors. I'll be experimenting with this film a lot. Kentmere cassettes tend to be a little rough to start at the beginning of the roll, but you can get up to 40 exposures for a 36 roll.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A good film indeed


from New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very nice film and good value for the money.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Good Quality Everyday Film


from Little Rock, AR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I find this to be a very good all around film. It costs less than some but is good quality.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Good Film, Great Price


from Little Rock, AR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a good all around film. I have shot a few rolls and find it has good blacks. A little better than some other brands. The cost is reasonable also.


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Shopper  Does it take C41 processing?
Shopper  Can this be developed using D-76?
KARLA H  I don't see why not. I used the kodax tmax when developing this film. It's what I use with all my b&w film. It is pretty grainy but for the price it's not bad. I've taken some beautiful shots with this film.
Shopper  Does it take C41 processing?
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