Available in 24 and 36-exposure rolls and 100-foot bulk rolls.
Manufactured in the UK, Kentmere is owned by Harmon, which also owns Ilford, but this film costs considerably less, making it a good choice for students and starving artists.
The manufacturer says: "Thanks to revolutionary core shell emulsion technology, it has a level of sharpness and freedom from grain that belies the film's light grabbing ISO 400 speed. The most significant technology shift is in shadow rendition: thin areas of the negative are slightly denser and hold detail much better. Kentmere 400 has wide exposure latitude and a tonal range that matches easily on both graded and variable contrast printing papers. Kentmere 400 is the ideal choice for applications that demand high quality, but where extra film speed is an advantage. It is suitable for pictorial, fine art as well as fashion photography and for many areas that were formerly the preserve of slower films."
Online review round-up
Adorama Reviewers say: "Okay I must admit I am a Kodak man, having shot with Tmax 400 all my life I was skeptical. A friend suggested I try Kentmere . At half the cost I was not sure. When I developed my first roll I was blown away by the performance. This film rocks great contrast,the tone is bold and deep. My images POP! I simply matte and frame andI have stunning show quality images" and "Lower resolution than competing ISO 400 (suggested) films, but has nice tonal range, and beautiful non-clumpy grain that makes out-of-focus areas melt into a pleasing, diffuse atmosphere. Can give wicked contrast when overexposed in direct sunlight (this is not a criticism--it looks awesome), but well-separated tones indoors."
Rangefinder forum participants say "it is grainier than HP-5 and Tri-x. The grain can seem a bit clumpy, too. BUT, it has an air about it, something different. it also dries just about flat, which is good for handling and scanning."