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We Will Never Get Old with Kodak T-Max (35mm, 400 iso) Black and White Film

Kodak T-MAX (35mm, 400 iso) is somehow an outdated black and white film. But these films I found over a photo lab was subjectively great especially in grains and in black and white shades.

Some 2-3 years ago, a friend of mine grabbed me towards a photo lab near my school. The guy inside was then a photojournalist for some local newspaper and he shoots in film. So out from his fresh (yet old) stock came Kodak T-Max black and white film. This film harbors a 400 iso, which is great for every lighting situation as possible.

Now, for some specific and technical thoughts: The Kodak T-Max tends to grain out especially if the shot is underexposed, but the grain is much finer as compared to other black and white films. It can also render quality skin tones if you are taking portraits. Once the film is pushed, it renders a cyan tone (you may notice that in some of my pictures) but dramatically process a low contrast value. This film allows a great tone for gray areas. If taken with great exposure, you will be surprised with how your photos will look like.

Personally, I think this film is still in the market. If you want to try a great traditional black and white film, try Kodak T-Max. It comes in 36 exposures but one should be wary that processing time for this can be very quick. To sum up, this film is very great in every condition whether it is sunny, cloudy, outdoors, or indoors. I used my Zorki rangefinder in all of the photos. Feel free to watch the photos and take a closer look on how this black and white film really creates a nice vintage feel image to each and every shot.

written by ethermoon

6 comments

  1. awesomesther

    awesomesther

    nice stuff :)

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  2. darlim

    darlim

    My 1st BW film used is the TMax 400. I like the contrast and sharpness it provides under favourable conditions. .Thank for the review :)

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  3. cptsalek

    cptsalek

    Nice article. The T-Max is the next b/w film I want to try out. I tried several b/w films using the C-41 process, but the results weren't as satisfying as I expected.
    What I just don't understand is why you think that the T-Max is "outdated"? Why? In regard to what?

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  4. mikeman85

    mikeman85

    I agree, Kodak TMAX is a good solid film. I have used it for many years now and it has never let me down. I have also had very good results using Kodak Tri-X. If you haven't used it, give it a whirl. Supposedly, its gain isn't as fine as TMAX but I have read it handles being pushed better than TMAX.

    And while we're on the subject of black and white films, I recently was blown away my a roll of Ilford Pro 120 film I got back from the developers. Beautiful, just beautiful tones. As that was my first time using any Ilford film, I was blown away. Needless to say, I will definitely pick up some more Ilford in the near future.

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  5. This interesting and opinionated article reminds me in my first class of photography with professor Jaime-David Tishler about me saying that Tri-X was an outdated film made almost obsolete by T-Max, that the grain from Tri-X Pan was coarse...all hell broke loose!

    To be frank, photographers of my vintage, we're divided in two factions, the T-Max (eros) and the Tri-X (eros). These factions often had clashes as to what was the definition of grain, to the tolerance or not to this grain and to the interpretation of the tonal densities that both films had or didn't have!

    In the end I am yet a T-Max(ero) but I long to be able to buy Tri-X to feel the difference. I have recently bought HP5 from Ilford, seeing pictures in Flickr taken with this film, the reproduction of detail in architechtonic motives is autstanding!

    I would kindly convey to you to use and study your film in a systematic way as to the tonal reproduction of the film as per your objectives and your sensibilities. Perhaps then you will then be a T-Max(ero) a Tri-X(ero) or even and HP5(ero). You will know the depth of tonal registration of the film and finally it will appeal to you and you're audience, which is what really matters!

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  6. This interesting and opinionated article reminds me in my first class of photography with professor Jaime-David Tishler about me saying that Tri-X was an outdated film made almost obsolete by T-Max, that the grain from Tri-X Pan was coarse...all hell broke loose!

    To be frank, photographers of my vintage, we're divided in two factions, the T-Max (eros) and the Tri-X (eros). These factions often had clashes as to what was the definition of grain, to the tolerance or not to this grain and to the interpretation of the tonal densities that both films had or didn't have!

    In the end I am yet a T-Max(ero) but I long to be able to buy Tri-X to feel the difference. I have recently bought HP5 from Ilford, seeing pictures in Flickr taken with this film, the reproduction of detail in architechtonic motives is autstanding!

    I would kindly convey to you to use and study your film in a systematic way as to the tonal reproduction of the film as per your objectives and your sensibilities. Perhaps then you will then be a T-Max(ero) a Tri-X(ero) or even and HP5(ero). You will know the depth of tonal registration of the film and finally it will appeal to you and you're audience, which is what really matters!

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