The $2000 Challenge, now in black & white

By Colin Wood
Feb 7, 2023 | $2000 Challenge, 35mm, film photography, Pentax K1000

Photography by Colin Wood

Perhaps the only good thing about waiting far too long to get 35mm film developed is that you end up almost entirely forgetting what’s on the rolls, making that moment when you do look at the developed photos that much more entertaining.

This time around, we were greeted by a handful of shots taken during the 2022 Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge in black and white (specifically, Kentmere Pan 400 loaded into a Pentax K1000).

So, what does our annual low-buck festival of speed and ingenuity look like through the lens of a 30- to 40-year-old camera shooting black and white film? Wonder no more:

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/7/23 1:37 p.m.

Pretty rad, Colin, pretty rad. 

ChrisTropea Associate Editor
2/7/23 2:27 p.m.

This is the post that will get me to finally pick up some film for my 35mm and start shooting film again. 


Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/7/23 2:34 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Thanks. Not sure how much I enjoy shooting black and white, but I might not have found the right film yet.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/7/23 2:35 p.m.

In reply to ChrisTropea :

Do it. Peer pressure.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
2/7/23 3:42 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

What film(s) did you use?  I like your photos.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/7/23 4:33 p.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Kentmere Pan 400. I think it goes for less than $10 a roll.

02Pilot PowerDork
2/7/23 6:54 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

I don't mind the overall look of that Kentmere film - I shot a fair bit of it years ago - but it has some odd color responses that make some shots look a little muddy. Try some filters and see if you're happier with the results. My go-tos are green and orange, but you need to experiment and see what works for you.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/8/23 8:32 a.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

More color filters are definitely on my list of things to buy for my camera, and I'll admit that I'm still very much in the stage of dipping my toes into the world of film photography.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/8/23 10:04 a.m.

i wish i hadn't given away my K-1000 kit back in the day (1993). gave it to a family friend, a younger guy who loved photography but didn't have money for lenses etc. berkeleyer pawned it the next week.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
2/8/23 10:26 a.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

What the duece is with everybody talking about K-1000's around here?  I never thought you'd be out here following a fad. 

(kidding, please know I'm kidding)

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/8/23 10:33 a.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

i was cool back when it was cool to be cool.  the K-1000 was the first nice thing i ever bought myself, back in 1985. 

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