Kentmere 100

5 Frames with a Houghton Ensign Box 2¼B

It’s funny what catches your eye when you’re casually roaming around the ‘Bay. The words “rapid rectilinear” caught my eye, a lens type well respected in it’s day. After a little negotiation with the seller, for a good price it was on its way to its new home. Although, as far as I could tell, not entirely un-interfered with at some point in it’s history, the box is in surprisingly good condition for a camera that’s about a century old with a working shutter and a clean lens.

5 frames of cheap cheap cheap in the Far East. An Argus C3, caffenol and Kentmere Pan 100.

“Wow.” the merchant let out a subtle gasp as I pulled out an Argus C3 to test another camera’s shutter in Namdaemun camera market, Seoul. I am not sure an Argus is used to hearing that in a shop. Ironically, I make a similar sound when I abuse the C3’s intended purpose and then develop 36 double exposures.

It’s boom or bust for this method, which fits my typical subjects: things lost in time. Korea, like much of the developed world, is experiencing a population decline of sorts. All over, once thriving businesses are now shuttered and smaller cities struggle.

Eiffel Tower in the fog at sunrise on black and white film

Ilford Kentmere 120 – A Review in Paris – By Molly Kate

You might have seen the news already, but if not, today is the launch of Ilford’s Kentmere range in medium format. Kentmere 35mm 100 and 400 ISO films have been available under the Ilford umbrella since 2007 as a quality budget option for photographers. Now, the film is being stepped up in size!

Earlier this year, I tested the 35mm format (both 100 ISO and 400 ISO options) for the first time and was duly impressed. A few weeks ago, I also had the opportunity to test out the new Kentmere 100 and 400 films in medium format and can happily say I arrived at a similar conclusion.

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