Kodak T-MAX 400 - 35mm Film
Our Price: £10.50 GBP100157
An excellent professional black and white 35mm film, Kodak's patented T-grain emulsion delivers impressive levels of detail in different - and difficult - lighting situations. It has also been optimised for high quality scanning and enlarging post-development - the ISO 400 variant is perfect for everyday use in a variety of light levels. Note: sometimes referred to as TMAX.
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Kodak - properly known as Kodak Eastman - was founded in America in 1888 and dominated the "Western" world of photography for the next 100 years, constantly in fierce rivalry with the Japanese Fuji. Similarly to Fuji the advent of digital photography at the turn of the century caused significant financial problems. A late attempt to win in the compact market was hit by the rise of mobile photography and bankruptcy followed in 2012. Fortunately the photography business has survived under the Kodak Alaris name - based in Hertfordshire, England - and they have delighted the analogue industry by pledging continued support for film production and the promise of bringing back old favourite emulsions.
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Sample shots (c) James Lourens
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When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Kodak T-MAX Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
Great all round film, that's sharp and with great flexibility if pushed 1 or 2, maybe even 3 stops. These were pushed one stop, and gives strong punchy looking images with a wide dynamic range of tones, while holding on to the shadow detail well, with a good amount of grain showing through.
TMax is so smooth that looking at the results, it's honestly hard to believe it's a 400 ISO film. Personally, I prefer the slightly more traditional look of cubic-grain films like Ilford HP5, but I can totally see why TMax has a fan following. I imagine it would be really good for low-light portraits (though I haven't used it for that purpose yet) because of the smoothness and low grain. It also pulls and pushes well (one example of each in the sample photos – the ship was pulled to 200 and the concert photo was pushed to 800, Kodak D-76 developer in both cases).
Admittedly I haven't tested this in any rigorous way, but I think the falloff in the shadows is a bit more abrupt than Tri-X. To be clear, TMax (in my experience) doesn't record any less shadow detail, just that the transition from textured shadows to no detail is more sudden with TMax (a bit more gradual with Tri-X). Some may like this, others may not!
Great if you enjoy slightly less contrast and less grain than Tri-X. It's very sharp - I'd need to use it a lot more to really see how they compare!
I shot the film with a Praktica LLC and a 35mm Carl Zeiss Flektogon and I spectacularly managed to completley mess up the sunny 16 rule. Nonetheless, the scans came out amazing. I felt like even if I messed up the exposures (which I corrected with some editing), the scans came out amazing thanks to the huge quality of this film. It certaintly has a very vintage look, and the grain is amazing. Will defenetely buy more in the future!