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    Some Kentmere 400 samples

    Samples from my fifth self-developed roll. Kentmere 400, exposed in a variety of hard lighting situation; developed 6 minutes in 1-4 Tmax, 20C; Yashica Lynx 14E, fixed Yashinon-DX 45/1.4, exposures determined by camera's meter.



















    Tripod (30 or 15 at f8 or so):

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulfish4570 View Post
    Samples from my fifth self-developed roll. Kentmere 400, exposed in a variety of hard lighting situation; developed 6 minutes in 1-4 Tmax, 20C; Yashica Lynx 14E, fixed Yashinon-DX 45/1.4, exposures determined by camera's meter.



















    Tripod (30 or 15 at f8 or so):
    What scanner do you use?

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    Epson V300. The Kentmere film certainly is not HP5 or Tri-X, but it dries FLAT, which really helps the scanning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulfish4570 View Post
    Epson V300. The Kentmere film certainly is not HP5 or Tri-X, but it dries FLAT, which really helps the scanning.

    Very very good. I like very much the tonal rendition. Do you think your scanner is up to 4x5 or 5x7 prints?

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    I don't know Alessandro. Perhaps I should try.
    The little scanner is amazing me so far.

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    Some great tonality there, looks good.

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    Thanks, Ian. Harsh highlights are difficult for the K-400 to hold, but the film is worth more than the price. I reckon when I get set up with an enlarger I will be able to squeeze a little juice out out the brightest highlights.
    I have some Arista Premium 400 on the way to try next ...

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    Thanks for showing these. There's a lot of grain, to my eye. I wonder if that's from the scanner or is that a characteristic of the film? I'm asking because I think sometimes a grainy film would be nice for effect.

    -Laura

    p.s. - your river shot makes me think of Eudora Welty's "The Wide Net"

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    Ins, it is grainier than Tri-X, but it is expected and has a nice look because of it. I probably will buy some more of it even if I like the Arista Premium that is on the way.
    And that one of my photos would remind someone of a Welty work is a wonderful compliment. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lns View Post
    Thanks for showing these. There's a lot of grain, to my eye. I wonder if that's from the scanner or is that a characteristic of the film? I'm asking because I think sometimes a grainy film would be nice for effect.

    -Laura

    p.s. - your river shot makes me think of Eudora Welty's "The Wide Net"
    I've been shooting some Kentmere 400 myself, and it is indeed a grainy 400 speed film ... I have mixed feelings about this myself, as the grain is very different from Tri-X grain, which I'm more used to. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes it just seems I'm staring at grain .... Which usually I love, and I can't really explain why it bothers me sometimes with Kentmere .. just a new film I have to either get used to or move on.

    BTW, I've printed all mine and you can indeed get a lot more out of the highlights in the darkroom ... one thing I love about this film is the printing range ... in fact, when I first started with the negs, to my eye they looked quite dense so I grabbed for a #1 filter but can end up going to 2 or 2.5 for really rich scale and details shadows and texture in highlights. So its nice to work with. Diffusion head btw.

    I bought a 100' bulk roll on a whim, so I have more left to play with. I've been developing it in Sprint 1+9 but am heading into Rodinal land with it next.

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