Kentmere 400

Zenit TTL and it's victim.

5 Frames with a Zenit TTL on the top of a Welsh Valley in -5 Degrees C – By Toby Van De Velde

I bought a job lot of cameras well over a year ago. Long before COVID19 was even a thing. I was mostly interested in the FD mount lenses to use with my Canon AT-1, and, to be honest, most of the glass had fungus issues so I just chucked the whole lot into the back of my camera cupboard and forgot all about it.

Just recently, after hearing about the Crappy Commie Camera Party on Twitter, I dragged the box back out again and decided that I’d have a go shooting the Zenit TTL and Helios-44M f2 58mm lens that had been a part of the bargain. I had heard ‘Bad Things’ about these cameras, and decided to see what the fuss was about.

Fomapan 400 & Kentmere 400 Review – Battle of the Budgets – by Simon King

This article started as a write up about my time shooting these two emulsions over a long bank holiday weekend, where I had similar lighting conditions and was able to shoot similar exposures across both Fomapan and Kentmere rolls. However due to my slow shooting style I didn’t have these images ready in any kind of timeframe that would make sense, and have since shot a number of rolls of both, which has given me a little more to talk about. I thought it would be interesting to discuss the two, and make a few comparisons where appropriate in order to help guide people towards making a choice between perhaps the most popular budget black and white films on the market.

5 Frames with Kentmere 400 – by Simon King

Now that I’m very comfortable with my film workflow I’ve been looking for a way to switch things up for the probable majority of my images in London, whilst still maintaining consistency throughout. I’ve shot most of the “popular” film stocks in both black and white and colour, and now want something a little cheaper to maybe even bulk load into rolls, which I can use confidently every day. This will allow me to feel a little freer than I do with not only the quantity of images I make, but also the content and style of those images.

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