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Kodak T-MAX (35mm, 400 iso) is somehow an outdated black and white film.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 on 2011-05-14 #gear #philippines #review #film-review #black-and-white-film #kodak-t-max #ethermoon #traditional


  1. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    nice stuff :)

  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 :)

  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    What I just don't understand is why you think that the T-Max is "outdated"?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?

  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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