Learning Kentmere 400

So I spent some time this week test new lenses. On top of that, I wanted to nail down my film/developer for shooting at 1600 ASA. The lenses were the Nikkor 180 f/2.8, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D macro and Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4. The film was Kentmere 400.

I finally ended up settling on Xtol 1:1 for my developer with the Kentmere at 1600 ASA. I will go with Xtol stock for 400 and 800.

Here are a few samples from the two short rolls I shot. The next process will be working with the K400 to work out a pulled process combo.

Nikon F100 + Kentmere 400 at 1600
Developed in Kodak XTOL 1:1
Nikon F100 + Kentmere 400 at 1600
Developed in Kodak XTOL 1:1
Nikon F100 + Kentmere 400 at 1600
Developed in Kodak XTOL 1:1

I’m quite pleased with the results I got from developing this roll in XOTL 1:1 and plan on using this dilution for all of my rolls shot at 1600. For those rolls shot at 400 and 800, I have found that using the stock solution to be just fine.

If you have shot this film and have a different way of developing it I’d love to hear of your experience.

 

Happy Shooting!

2 thoughts on “Learning Kentmere 400

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  1. Thanks for the post.
    Nice images.
    You mentioned the dilution ratios but could you please also share the temperatures and developing times for each of the three ISOs you mentioned.

    1. Hi! The 1600 was developed in Xtol 1+1 at 68 degrees for 18 minutes. The 800 is Xtol stock for 10:30 at 68 degrees and the 400 is Xtol stock for 9 minutes at 68 degrees.

      I hope this helps!

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