Kodak TX400


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 on 2010-03-07 #gear #black-and-white #review #grain #high-contrast #pushed #kodak-tri-x #400tx


  1. torium
    torium ·

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

  2. niguevara
    niguevara ·

    nice review and gallery!

  3. nerdcist
    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 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.

  4. pangmark
    pangmark ·

    good info and wow perfect shots

  5. jarodfwh
    jarodfwh ·

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

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