Lessons learned from using a Harman Reusable Camera with Kentmere Pan 400

It takes only a split second to ruin a partially complete roll of 35mm film.

The Harman Reusable Camera and Kentmere Pan 400 combination is a reusable plastic 35mm film camera with a built-in flash. The Kentmere and Ilford photography brands are owned by Harman Technology Ltd, a UK-based manufacturer of photographic materials. This introductory photography kit is sold with two Kentmere Pan 400 film cartridges, a battery, and a strap. The Kentmere Pan 400 is a budget B&W film similar to Ilford’s HP5 that has a reputation for delivering excellent results.

The plastic camera had a very flimsy feeling to it, so fragile that the camera comes with a warning that you can easily break it if you force rewind your film. I did not doubt that if I did, it would wreck the camera. This item is not returnable. There is a switch on the front to enable the built-in flash, a switch to open the film door, a push-button film release on the bottom, the film advance, and the shutter release. There are no other controls on the camera.

The lens is 31mm with a fixed aperture of f/10. The camera has a fixed shutter speed of 1120 sec at ISO 200 or ISO 400. The camera’s viewfinder has a field of view of 70%. This means that what you see inside the viewfinder will be about 30% less than what the camera captures, which is quite different. You can see my fingers in some frames.

I dropped the roll into the camera, exposed a few frames, then put the camera down and forgot about it. When I rediscovered the camera a few months later, I could not remember if I had loaded the roll or not. I hesitated by eventually opened the film door.

It takes only a split second to ruin a partially complete roll of 35mm film. I snapped the film door as quickly as possible, but the damage was already done. I completed exposing the remaining frames, but I knew that I had already ruined it. The scans that follow are what I was able to recover.

I won’t use this camera again. This was a lesson in sticking to tools that give me the information I need to succeed in film photography. If you are a photography student looking to dip the "toe" into film photography, I recommend buying an inexpensive used camera and lens kit on eBay. Since it has a fixed aperture and shutter speed, YOU WILL NOT learn the basics of photography from using this camera.

Item Description
lens 1 element
Lens focal length 31mm
Max/Min aperture f/10
Focusing Focus Free, 1m - infinity
Shutter Speed Shutter 1/120s
Film Format 135 Film (24x36mm) ISO 200 or 400
View Finder Field = 70%
Flash Built-in Flash Push Switch - 15s recycle time
Power source 1AAA – Alkaline Battery (included)
Weight 100 grams
Dimensions 114 (W) x 63 (H) x 35 (D) mm
Frame 14 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 15 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 16 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 21 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 17 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 18 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 19 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 20 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 22 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 23 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 24 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 30 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 31 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 32 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 33 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 34 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 35 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 36 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10
Frame 37 | 7 June, 2022 | Harman Reusable | Harman 31mm f/10

5 August 2022 - Prince Tea House

We found a tea house just 7 min (5.8 km) from home.

Last Sunday's 56 min (82.4 km) drive into Philadelphia for afternoon tea at The Dandelion was disappointing. The Dandelion stopped serving afternoon tea on the weekend near the start of the pandemic lockdown. Fortunately, we found a tea house just 7 min (5.8 km) from home.