Looks like a decent film. Nothing really seems sharp to me in the pix, though. I just did a portfolio of 8x12s from HP5, and they are plenty sharp. Grainy, but sharp grainy, even at an 8x enlargement from pushed film in Ilfotec HC 1:63 (albeit only 1/2 stop push). Maybe a shutter speed issue, or some other technical thing, or the scan. With Arista Premium at $2.20 per 36-exposure roll, I don't see the point in using it based on the examples. Then again, these are scanned negatives adjusted by a distant stranger, so it is hard to know exactly what they tell us. I was excited when it came out, thinking that it was just rebadged HP5, but I tested a roll and it obviously was not. I like it, but as I said, would not buy it when I can get Tri-X for $2.20 per roll of 36.
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"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
- Rob Tyner (1944 - 1991)
Exactly, which is why I ordered the Arista Premium, 12 36-exp rolls. I do not mind grain at all; it is supposed to be there in 400 asa film. But the Kentmere grain seems clumpish.
If you think these photos have hand shake, you should examine my pics with a Bessa R. I had to let it go even though it was beloved because of a neurological condition I have (CIDP: it causes, among other issues, hand tremors related to the posture in which my hands are; tremors increase the finer I try to control things with my fingers; a monopod is in my near future). The heavy, leaf-shutter Yashica is my solution for portable kit.
My very first scanner is Epson's V300. I am delighted with it.
Now, these pics came from my fifth roll of self-developed film (2 rolls Tri-X, 3 Kentmere), so my experience is next to nil. But I know this and much appreciate it: the Kentmere 400 dries FLAT, as if ironed and starched ...
2F/2F, speaking of grain - or little of it - here is my flickr page with photos from the Yashica and Portra vc160: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51210672@N07/
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Paul: it would be interesting to know how do you scan. I particularly like the tonal rendition of your images. Maybe it's because you use T-Max developer...
Alessandro, it probably is the Tmax. On black and white I scan at 16-bit grayscale, 3200, and everything else off except for unsharp mask. In PP, I mess a little with contrast and brightness and such if autofix doesn't do what I want ...
Thanks for the information. I am glad to know there's an option like this. Sometimes you want a grainy look.
Paulfish, I'm sorry to hear about your CIDP. I'm impressed that you are forging ahead with your photography and film development. Awesome!
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Thanks, Laura. It is more of an aggravation than anything else most days ...
Does it dry very flat? that will be very helpful! I also use a V300, and I just bought some kentmere-400, can't help shooting it!
That was 2 years ago. How does its price v quality compare now to Tri-X? Thanks
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
Arista Premium 135, 36exp : $2.89
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
Kentmere 400 135, 36exp : $3.99
Kentmere 400 100 ft $35.99
Originally Posted by BradS
Arista Remium 100 ft $45.99
B&H sells the Kentmere 100 ft for 29.99. I tend to use B&H because the shipping is cheaper and I get it in 2 days with standard shipping. Freestyle gets plenty of other business from me.