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The most popular and best selling black and white film in the world, ready to serve you in any kind of lights and will give you high contrast, nice grainy pictures. Some photographers swear to use this film until it is no longer produced. I think I will do the same.

Every time I read photography related forums on the internet, there were always people who claim that Tri-X is their favorite film ever and suggest everyone to use it. To fulfill my curiosity, I bought a roll a year ago but slide film was always chosen to be loaded in my cameras. Then I learned more about street photography and I found that it is more suitable to use black and white film. Finally I loaded my LC-A+ with the Tri-X and rated it at higher speed than the box speed and so I went shooting.

The results I got from Tri-X were high contrast and far from a fine-grain looks but this characteristics make me like this film a lot. The grain looks nice and the film still can captured the details on the highlight and shadow even when I only used available light during the night. The other characteristic that I like about this film is that you can push the film beyond what other films cannot handle really well. When pushing/shooting the film at higher speed such as at 800, 1600 or more, smaller opening setting of the aperture is possible, thus create greater depth of field. In other words, even if you forget to set the focus properly, the pictures will still be sharp and well focused. That is what I rarely got from shooting ISO 100 or ISO 200 slide films.

Fortunately for me, local camera store here sells Tri-X in bulk (100feet roll). Combine this with developing the film myself, I can save a lot and shoot more. Some photographers swear to use this film until it is no longer produced. I think I will do the same.

written by nerdcist


  1. torium


    Hmm... Now I came curious about this. I'll try it!

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  2. niguevara


    nice review and gallery!

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  3. I've got a roll of this film but I'm not sure what shutter speed I should shoot at my options are 1/300, 1/100, 1/50 and 1/25 on my old Yashica J rangefinder would I be better off shooting with an slr? any tips you can offer would be greatly appreciated, I'm still very new to this :)
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  4. Ed-Ted

    @saintfallen. unless you are using a tripod, I would suggest sticking to 1/300 and 1/100. but it all depends on the amount of light you are shooting with. 400 iso in the daytime should be fine with 1/300. but If you were to use a slower shutter speed, it would allow you to use a smaller aperture, which like mentioned in the review will give you more focus depth, which is useful on a range finder. I am a begginer myself so take that with a pinch of salt. just get out there and start shooting, you'll pick it up.
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  5. Ed-Ted

    oh yeah, nice review by the way. think I'll try a roll or too
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  6. nerdcist


    @all: thanks
    @saintfallen: to begin with, better shoot your first roll of this film at its recommended speed which is ISO 400. it is easier if you use a camera equiped with lightmeter. but if you don't, you can use this guide available here http://expomat.tripod.com/ to accompany any camera you have. according to that, you should use 1/500 shutter speed (if available) and f/16 on your camera setting on a sunny day (it is equivalent with 1/300 or 1/250 at f/22). on overcast day / subject in shade, you can use 1/100 and f/8. and so on.
    you can try the other ISO setting later, for example if you shoot mostly at night you can rate the film as ISO 800 or 1600 and push process it. for sunny or snowy day you can rate it as ISO 200 and later pull process it.

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  7. pangmark


    good info and wow perfect shots

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  8. jarodfwh

    hi can i know where did you get the bulk roll from in singapore? thanks

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