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Developing Adventures – Pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 1600

In my last Developing Adventure, I talked about pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 800 and explained that it is a film stock manufactured by Ilford as a more affordable alternative to their HP5 400 Plus film, which is usually my go-to black and white film. (To catch up on my past developing adventures click here)

I was really pleased with my results and wanted to continue to test this film. This time I pushed it to 1600. I developed it in Kodak HC-110B because if I did it with Kodak D-76 stock it would’ve taken 20min in developer.

With the HC-110, I developed it for 11:03 minutes because the developer was slightly warmer at 21 degrees celsius. This turned out to be a mistake and always seems to be when I compensate time for the temp. It came a tad under developed, but luckily I was able to fix it up in post. I fixed it for 6 minutes and agitated for 10 seconds every minute.

Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600
Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600

Just like the results when I pushed to 800, the look is very similar to pushing HP5. Kentmere has a bit more contrast than HP5 in my opinion, but I have always enjoyed using it. It has a very clean look.

Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600
Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600

When comparing HP5 400 at 1600 to Pushing Kentmere, the grain looks pretty equal. Take a look below and let me know what you think in the comments.

Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600Ilford HP5 400 at 1600
Left Pic: Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600
Right Pic: Ilford HP5 400 at 1600

I think it also looks a lot like Kodak Tri-X as you can see below in the comparison. They look like they could be taken on the same roll.

Left Pic: Kodak TX 400 at 1600
Right Pic: Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600
Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600
Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600

I really like the look of this film. The contrast is a little more than it was when I pushed Ilford Delta 400, but I like that it is a cheaper alternative for just shooting everyday snapshots of my family and home. I think now there’s a tie for the lead with Ilford Delta 400 pushed to 1600, joined now by Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600 for the difference in price. A roll of Kentmere 400 is only $5.19 while Delta 400 is $7.99.

Kentmere Pan 400 at 1600

Let me know in the comments below if you know of any other affordable film stocks that may give a similar look to Ilford’s Delta 400 at 1600, but with the price of Kentmere Pan 400. Until then, I am going to continue to shoot with these two films and experiment with others. I am also going to start experimenting with other developers now that I am used to D76 and HC-110. I have bought some X-tol powder.

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5 thoughts on “Developing Adventures – Pushing Kentmere Pan 400 to 1600

  1. Excellent results Aly! I’ve been shooting Kentmere Pan in both 100 and 400 for a while now, but I’ve never tried pushing it. The grain is much less pronounced than I would expect even with processing in a rapid developer like HC-110. What dilution did you use?

  2. Lovely shots! I’ve just recently shot Kentmere Pan 100, at box speed. I love the results. To me, there was no discernible difference qualitatively with Tri-X, except less expensive. Methinks I’ll be shooting more Kentmere!

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