Experience Reports Film Photography

8 August 2022 - Harman Reusable Camera

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

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    NigelH
    12th August 2022 at 8:53 PM

    Despite the issues of opening the camera the results aren't too bad. i quite like the interior shots; frame 32 in particular.

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      13th August 2022 at 8:28 AM

      Thank you, Nigel. I got good results from the first time I used Kentmere Pan 400. The scans from the Harmon have an old foggy lens look to them that I do not like. Kentmere Pan 400 is a relatively inexpensive film, so I will likely use it again.

      For Frame 32, I shot from outside the sliding door while standing on the deck in my backyard. Despite the "softness" of the image, I like this image the most of the set.

  • Reply
    Alessandra Chaves
    8th August 2022 at 11:31 AM

    Lovely.

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