Kentmere Pan 400 review: affordable black and white film photography

Potentially one of the last affordable films offers quality above its low price tag

Kentmere Pan 400
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The most important thing to note about Kentmere Pan 400 is its price, this is just one of the most affordable films currently available, which is a welcome relief to beleaguered film photographers' wallets. Kentmere Pan 400 is not held back by its low price point though and still produces lovely images that are better than you would expect from a "budget" film. Contrast is very balanced, which might upset some contrast-obsessive black-and-white photographers, but this allows the film to be very forgiving to wonky exposure metering. With the headache of price taken away, this is just a fun film to shoot with.


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    Affordable price

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    Balanced contrast is easy to work with

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    Forgiving of incorrect exposures


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    Subtle contrast not to everyone's tastes

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    Prominent grain is atmospheric but degrades images quality

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Back in 2007, Harman Technology (who also produces Ilford's films) introduced the Kentmere brand, designed to offer a more affordable alternative to Ilford products while still maintaining the company's high standards of quality. Kentmere Pan 400 35mm film was one of the first products to be launched under the Kentmere brand, and it quickly gained popularity among film photographers for its performance but mostly for its affordability.

Still today, Kentmere Pan 400 continues to be a popular choice among film enthusiasts who are looking for a reliable and versatile black and white film that won't break the bank. But is Kentmere Pan 400 just another budget film, or does its quality punch above its low price point?

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.