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Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)

B&H # KEBW40036 MFR # 6010476
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Product Highlights

  • Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
  • ISO 400/27° in Standard Process
  • Fine Grain and Good Sharpness
  • Broad Tonal and Contrast Range
  • Versatile Exposure Latitude
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Kentmere 400 ASA is a flexible and high-speed black and white negative film offering a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27°, making it suitable for use in available light and action photography, as well as general use. The film is characterized by a fine grain structure and good sharpness, as well as a broad tonal range and wide exposure latitude.

This item is one 36-exposure roll of 35mm film.

Film Type Panchromatic black and white negative film
Film Format 35 mm (36 exposures)
Sensitivity ISO 400/27°
Process Standard black and white chemistry

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Kentmere400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures)
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great value (14)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good tonal range (5)
  • Large capacity (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artwork (3)
    • Street photography (3)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi pro (6), Enthusiast (4), Getting started (3), Professional (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great bargain film

    Let's be honest, I went with this roll because of the price. I had no idea what to expect, but had read that this was made by the same people that make Ilford...Read complete review

    Let's be honest, I went with this roll because of the price. I had no idea what to expect, but had read that this was made by the same people that make Ilford (just don't call it ilford).

    When I got my contact sheet back from the custom lab, I was pleasantly surprised. The darkroom tech mentioned that he had to give it about 20% more time in the development process in order to get good results, and he mentioned that he had figured this out through trial and error in the past.

    In any case, this has a very distinctive look to it regarding grain that I cannot really describe with words. Overall, I found it to be well worth the money.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Heavy Grain

    I've used this film twice to shoot buildings and people in downtown Riverside, California, with my Yashica Electro 35. I develop B&W at home, then scan the negatives for use on...Read complete review

    I've used this film twice to shoot buildings and people in downtown Riverside, California, with my Yashica Electro 35. I develop B&W at home, then scan the negatives for use on the web at http://rralexander.wordpress.com/. Unlike the Kentmere 100 which I like a great deal, this film is very grainy. It would be good to simulate the grainy black and white films of the mid-Twentieth Century, but it is way too grainy for me.

    Reviewed by 38 customers

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    4.0

    Good Film

    By Marina

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tonal Range
    • Reproduces Well
    • Widely Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

        I used this film in my Canon-AE1 program because it's a cheap film for a student. The film is very good! Better than I expected. I got good exposition under both natural and artificial light.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Kentmagic

        By jswillis

        from Salem, va

        Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

        Kentmere is a great quality for a great price, I will definitely be using them again.

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        5.0

        Dat Contrast

        By HyperCube33

        from Eau Claire, WI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Contrasty
        • Good Tonal Range
        • Scans Well

        Cons

        • Not C-41

        Best Uses

        • Abstract
        • Artwork

        Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

        I personally love this film. I will buy more, and probably buy it in bulk since its my favorite film to shoot in now. I love the rich, dark contrasty tones it makes. I got this to sample a variety of film as recommended by a camera store in chicago, and B&H is about the only place to get it at this great price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Ehhh

        By Photodom

        from Philly

        Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

        Tones are pretty flat and boring, not the most interesting film to shoot with but if you like a more sepia tone this is for you.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Density and Latitude!

        By Photo Professor

        from Rock Hill, SC

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Value
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

            Compares nicely with Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5+
            A good cost effective alternative without a sacrifice in image quality!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best film I've used, end of

            By Chuck

            from the 9th Circle of Hell

            About Me Semi Pro

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Contrast
            • Good Grain
            • Great Value
            • Reliable Performance
            • Tonal Variation

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fine art photography
              • Street Photography

              Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

              I do exhibitions in the London area and travel doing street photography. In my latest travels to New York, I took about 10 rolls and when i saw the results I was amazed. I've used other films and this one just blows the others away. It's dirt cheap, has excellent grain structure, really good contrast and tonal range, and it's super easy to develop, fairly flexible with times and temperatures. I just love it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Best B+W Film I've Used

              By Dan

              from Miami

              About Me Semi Pro

              Pros

              • Easy To Develop
              • Good Grain Structure
              • Great Value
              • Large Capacity
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Art Photography
              • Casual Use
              • Street Photography

              Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

              The film is perfect. dirt cheap, amazing quality, sharpness, tone rendition, tonal range is wide and even, and the grain is slightly visible, but in my opinion it's almost necessary with B+W so it just looks perfect. Really easy to develop, not all picky and whatever I wasn't super strict with my temperatures and it just worked well. Love it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Heavy Grain

              By RR Alexander

              from Riverside, California

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                    I've used this film twice to shoot buildings and people in downtown Riverside, California, with my Yashica Electro 35. I develop B&W at home, then scan the negatives for use on the web at http://rralexander.wordpress.com/. Unlike the Kentmere 100 which I like a great deal, this film is very grainy. It would be good to simulate the grainy black and white films of the mid-Twentieth Century, but it is way too grainy for me.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great bargain film

                    By Wayne

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Semi Pro

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great Value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                      Let's be honest, I went with this roll because of the price. I had no idea what to expect, but had read that this was made by the same people that make Ilford (just don't call it ilford).

                      When I got my contact sheet back from the custom lab, I was pleasantly surprised. The darkroom tech mentioned that he had to give it about 20% more time in the development process in order to get good results, and he mentioned that he had figured this out through trial and error in the past.

                      In any case, this has a very distinctive look to it regarding grain that I cannot really describe with words. Overall, I found it to be well worth the money.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Strong in its own right

                      By Josh

                      from Tempe, AZ

                      About Me Professional

                      Pros

                      • Inexpensive

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                        Kentmere 400 is a terrific substitute for Ilford's venerable HP5. I've pushed it to 800 and 1600 with great results, and I don't worry about it holding up. Use it with confidence.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great film, preferred over Tri-X

                        By Pokémon Trainer Chris

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Semi Pro

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Clean
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General shooting

                          Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                          I ordered two rolls of this with a film shipment a little while ago to see if it would perform well for the money. It does, and it seems to be of finer grain than the Tri-X I'd been using before. I'll definitely keep buying it. It develops well in Sprint developer (after finding times on their website) and has good contrast.
                          Shooting the inside of a Veloster for school, I used a Canon 17-40mm f/4 and, sitting in the back, shot the front at 17mm around f/4. The resolving power was good to the point that I could read the numbers on the dial for the air conditioner. Because I'm still getting used to shooting film I can't compare it in the grand sceme of all films, but I'll definitely use it again.
                          I used the other roll for some portraits of a friend, and those came out quite well, too. It seems consistent.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works perfectly

                          By TK

                          from galloway nj

                          About Me Getting Started

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                              Used the product for a college level photography project. Picture developed beautiful. Affordable pricing and works well. I would recommend this product.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              WoW!!

                              By FCP

                              from New York

                              About Me Professional

                              Pros

                              • Great Value
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                  I bought this as a test roll for a new camera since it was the cheapest B&W film at B&H. I was surprised at how good it actually was. The contrast is very good, but not too strong when using a Yellow filter. It seems to scan well. The grain is messy for 400 iso, but not terrible. Definitely worth a try.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Surprised with the quality

                                  By Jmac

                                  from Tampa, FL

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Value
                                  • Large Capacity

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                      Wanted to jump back in to film photography but not spend a ton on film. Not a bad end result with the shots out of an old Canon T50. For the price, you can get some pretty decent prints.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Top Notch, Low Price

                                      By J

                                      from Springfield, MA

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Great Value
                                      • Reliable Performance

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                          This product is amazing in many ways. When I develop my film i am surprised on how clear and crisp the negatives come out. The developing time is slightly longer than the popular brands(by 10 seconds)but the results are promising. It is relatively cheaper than other companies too, giving it a double thumbs up.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                          • No

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                                          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Love this film!!!!

                                          By spcdan

                                          from Charlotte NC

                                          About Me Semi Pro

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Great Value
                                          • Large Capacity
                                          • Reliable Performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                              This Kentmere film is easy to shoot with, and it produces wonderful pictures! So easy to process, I can't think of anything wrong with it; just a wonderful product I will definitely purchase again!

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              I would buy this again.

                                              By Chels

                                              from Millersville PA

                                              About Me Getting Started

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Great Value

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Developing your own photo

                                                Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                                I use this film for my photography class. I like that it was pretty inexpensive, the shipping wasn't to bad either. It came nicely wrapped since I ordered more then one.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Good quality for a cheap price

                                                By Rodney

                                                from Twin Falls

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                                You dont always get what you pay for. You get more with this selection of film

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                                                4.0

                                                Decent Film

                                                By Salor

                                                from Maine

                                                About Me Casual User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Great Value

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                                    It's been a while since my old manual saw the light of day, so I ordered some of this film in hopes that it would help me to take a few great shots after so long. For the price it was great. It wasn't grainy and it handled the various depth changes I was working with clearly.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal
                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great for the price

                                                    By Scoot

                                                    from Hickory, NC

                                                    About Me Getting Started

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Kentmere 400 ASA Black and White Negative Film (35mm Roll Film, 36 Exposures):

                                                          I've only used one roll so far, but I've got good results. Images are clear, density is very good and my prints have been excellent. I'm a student, so the price was a little higher than I wanted to pay, but I didn't find a cheaper option (oh well). I do like that it doesn't have the purplish tint some of my classmates have run into with other "bargin" films. This product does exactly what I bought it for.

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal
                                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                                          • No

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