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Kodak T-Max P3200: The Good Grain

Kodak T-Max P3200 is a fast film with lots of grain, not always a bad thing when you want to catch a mood or are forced to work with a low light situation.

I will admit, the first two times I tried Kodak T-Max P3200, I was less than impressed. I used it in my Canon AE-1 and expected my light meter to tell me a street lamp lit alley would be as clear as day to shoot. I expected too much out of the film. I thought it was night vision googles for my camera.

As many of you already know, the larger the ISO the more grain in the image. This has to do more with light sensitive crystals in the negative. There are smaller more numerous crystals in higher iso than say 100. Which causes a less smooth surface for the image.

Photo by neanderthalis

Lately I have been looking for inspiration in photography books from the library. One of which was on night and low light photography. I saw some fun work done with ISO 3200 film. A lot of people hate grain, I thought I did too till I saw the images in the book. Remembering I still had a roll or two of Kodak T-Max P3200 in cold storage, I tried it in my latest acquisition, the Ricoh RZ900 point and shoot. It reads DX from 64 to 3200.

It was was a warm summer day trying to keep cool. Later that evening we went out for gelato. I tried to catch some late evening skies too.

The grain and tone was to my liking.

I prefer not to use the flash, but here I let the camera auto flash.

If you have not tried, Kodak T-Max P3200 is a fun film for lower light situations, it is not a miracle worker, but you may find you can take a picture without a flash that you normally would. The grain can add a mood to your images also,

Photo by neanderthalis

Have fun! Aloha!

written by neanderthalis

3 comments

  1. sirio174

    sirio174

    Good grain, especially if you develop it in Microphen. However, I prefer Delta 3200 (less grain, huge pose latitude!)

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  2. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    great!

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  3. avola

    avola

    great article!

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