5 Frames With… Kentmere 400 (EI 1600 / 35mm / Leica M4) – by Paul Lewis
I shot this roll during a visit to Hull in the United Kingdom. I usually shoot ILFORD HP5 PLUS and push it to 1600 but had a roll of Kentmere 400 in my bag and wanted to see how this film looked when pushed to 1600 also.
I was in Hull for a work-related event and chose to take some time out to shoot some street photography in the city at the tail-end of the City of Culture events taking place there throughout 2017.
I shot these frames on my Leica M4 with the Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f/2.5. The camera/lens combination is my regular one, though sometimes I use a Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2 lens instead of the Color Skopar. However, I find the combination of the M4 and the Color Skopar to be perfect for me, allowing me to shoot almost intuitively with minimum fuss: I either use the Sunny 16 rule or in more tricky situations, take a base light reading with a Sekonic L-308 and then just allow myself to become absorbed in the process of photography.
I was pleased with the effects of pushing Kentmere 400 to 1600; I still have a preference for HP5 PLUS but would be happy shooting Kentmere 400 at this speed again.
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