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09-28-2017, 05:46 AM   #1
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Kodak Tri-X 400 or T-Max 400?

Hi. Just picked up a Spotmatic. Would like to do some B&W and was wondering which of the above you guys prefer and why. Thanks

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The Tri-X 400 has a more "classic film" feeling. The T-Max 400 can produce higher quality.
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Higher quality in what way?

QuoteOriginally posted by 08amczb Quote
The Tri-X 400 has a more "classic film" feeling. The T-Max 400 can produce higher quality.
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T-Max has finer grain so it has higher resolution wich makes sharper images. I consider the resolution boost marginal in small prints. It needs care and accuracy at developping.

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For messing around, Tri X has a lot more latitude and is more flexible. For taking photos of everything else, TMax is better.
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As derelict stated, Tri X has a lot of working latitude. I keep a 100' roll and it is quite affordable. T max will give you finer grain and sharper images. I'd recommend trying both.
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Sounds like TMax has the edge if you are careful in what you do.
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Buy a roll of each and see which you prefer, that would be my recommendation. I've used both and don't have a favourite.

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I have far more experience with Tmax than TriX, and I would go for Tmax again if I hadn't already bought 100ft of Kentmere 400 to play with. (Why? Because I wanted to try bulk loading and I wanted to be able to do short rolls for experiments in developing, and Tmax was horrendously expensive in that format.) Among other things, I have just worked out how to develop it in Caffenol C - and given that TriX is said to require TEN extra minutes in that soup (35 minutes in total!!!) I don't want to go there.
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I quite like TriX, personally. Looks classic, nice and grainy, nice contrast. TMax is too clinical for my taste, but you may like it.
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I mainly use Ilford instead of Kodak for BW. But I'll throw in my $0.02... HP5 > Delta 100 > Delta 400. I don't develop myself (yet) so I'm probably not making the most out of Delta. I imagine if I used Kodak, my preference would be similar: Tri-X > T-Max 100 > T-Max 400.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
Hi. Just picked up a Spotmatic. Would like to do some B&W and was wondering which of the above you guys prefer and why. Thanks
I would agree with every previous post. Here are a couple more ideas to consider:

Tri-X is much more consistent with different developers. TMax is compatible with traditional developers, but to really produces enhanced shadow detail, you need to use Kodak TMax developer: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/29117-REG/Kodak_8446163_T_Max_RS_Developer.html

If you have any experience with Ilford films, the difference between Tri-X and TMax is like the difference between HP5+ and Delta 400.

A great tool to 'preview' the tonal response, contrast, dynamic range, and grain will look like can be done on Nik Collection's free Silver Efex Pro 2. If you take a jpeg and open it in this free app, on the right side there is a "Film Types" menu that include both Tri-X and TMax and it will show you a simulation of how the two films would produce different gray scale results. Note: There are a ton of developer manipulation that can alter your actual results.

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I shot a lot of HP5 and Tri-X pushed to 3200 a long time ago. Nostalgia says Tri-X for the win over T-Max. I do agree that T-Max can seem a little more clinical but honestly shoot two rolls and develop as you plan and compare - my memory is not working off current data.
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I shudder to think how long I would have to bake TriX in caffenol for 3200 ASA. I suspect some quite significant (semi-)stand development would be required.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
I shudder to think how long I would have to bake TriX in caffenol for 3200 ASA. I suspect some quite significant (semi-)stand development would be required.
Never used caffenol back then. Dektol is what I recall using.
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