A Sink and Kentmere

From my first roll of Kentmere 400 from the bulk roll purchased last month. I have been an Ilford HP5+ fanboy for sometime but wanted to try out Kentmere to see how it compares. If the rest of my images come out like this one then I will be a happy man.

Nikon F100 + Kentmere 400 developed in Kodak HC-110b

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  1. Seems like a nice level of detail.
    I’m also an HP5+ fanboy, starting to dabble with ultrafine 400, fomapan 400, and Tri-x.

    HP5+ is still my go-to film if I were to do anything of consequence.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment! I, too, am a fan of Foma and will soon be testing Ultrafine Extreme. My main film in 35mm for this year is Kentmere 400. So far it is showing itself to be a quite capable film.

  2. Hey thanks for sharing your experiences! I’ve just bought some HC110 concentrate and out some kentmere 400 through it. I did the 5 secs agitation every 30 seconds but decided to develop for 6m 30s (31+1). Last minute was just standing. Seemed to get me nice results and not over developed. What have you found to be a reliable development time for kentmere 400 in hc110? Thanks

    1. Greetings! Thanks for taking the time to comment!! As a rule I use Xtol for most of my developing. On the times that I have used HC-110 I really like using dilution H (1+63). I much prefer the results from longer development times. Also, with Kentmere, I have found that I like the look of the images when the film is pushed, so I generally push at least one stop to 800. As for agitation, I have switched from the inversion method to the twist method using the twist stick. I agitate (twist) for the first 30 seconds and then 10 seconds every minute after that.

      I hope this helps, and if not please feel free to ask me to clarify.

      Happy Shooting!

      1. Thanks. I’m going to experiment with some HP5 and see how it goes. I like the slightly softer grain compared with Rodinal 1+50.

        I noticed that HC110 recommends agitation for 5 secs every 30 secs. I’m used to the ilford way of 10 secs every minute. I’m going to see what happens if I do it the ilford way next time. It’s still getting the same amount of agitation over several minutes! This lockdown is a good time to experiment with unimportant photos!

        On Mon, 25 May 2020, 13:31 Negative Development, wrote:

        > Tony commented: “Greetings! Thanks for taking the time to comment!! As a > rule I use Xtol for most of my developing. On the times that I have used > HC-110 I really like using dilution H (1+63). I much prefer the results > from longer development times. Also, with Kentmere” >

      2. I have always used the 10 seconds every minute rule. In fact, there have been a couple of times recently where I’ve gone to 15 seconds every 2 minutes with good results. I’d love to hear how you come out with your new technique.

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