Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm B&W Film
A truly legendary film, Kodak Tri-X was first introduced in 1940 in sheet film — meaning it is approaching its 80th birthday! Key to its longevity has been its flexibility. Photographers can take Kodak Tri-X 400 film into a variety of lighting situations and recover highlights and shadows or generate different grain feel through processing choices. It has been the first choice for many top photographers over its lifespan. In fact, when Kodak went through bankruptcy and restructuring in 2012, Don McCullin panic-bought 150 rolls in case it didn’t survive the turmoil! Fortunately for Mr. McCullin and every other photographer, Tri-X did survive and is still available fresh in both 35mm and 120 formats. It’s sometimes called 400 tx, Trix or Kodak 400TX.
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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) Osamu Kaneko
Where we ship
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 Tri-X Film 35mm B&W ISO 400 today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
I have just finished shooting a major project with this film, I love the tonal range and grain of the film. The film really helps me to capture the world an express my views. I would recommend this film for anyone who is starting out or a seasoned film shooter. the film has great dynamic range, pushes and pull easily. The image shown is from a trip to Berlin in some low light conditions shot and developed at box speed. The film scans beautifully and also darkroom prints excellently.
I've been searching for a while a black and white film that sings out to me. All the iconic images that stand out in my mind are of all from by gone times and shot on film, black and white being my favourite. Not being whole heartedly new but in the grand scheme of things new to film photography, I've been following reviews of other peoples experience with films and developers that they were using. The stand out film being HP5 and Rodinol developer.
For some time now this has been the film and developer I have used not really being overly impressed as it's been hit and miss as results have been both good and bad or maybe just not to my taste. I've also shot and like Rollei RPX 100 a great versatile film stock.
Fast forward a couple of years and probably baffling to most I've finally purchased Kodak Tri X and Kodak T-Max developer. Now I don't know what it is, either I've been blind to it or users of Tri X don't need to shout from the rooftops, this film is sublime.
It's sharp, it's contrasty, it's grainy just as I like it, it's exposure latitude is very very forgiving which is why I included the night shot's as examples to this film. Kodak Tri X in my short experience of using it is the film for me and definitely the film I'm being solely using moving forward. Albeit I'm yet to develop a roll of HP5 in the T-Max developer to see if results improve or are more consistent.
Tri-X 400 was the first B+W film I tried. Nice and contrasty/punchy with lots of beautiful grain. Great in both 35mm and 120 format. I realised shortly after buying my medium format camera (Pentacon Six) that the shutter speeds were mostly way off: Tri-X coped with the over exposure well. It's also a piece of cake to develop at home. I'm currently trying a roll of HP5 but feel like Tri-X will be my go-to film for B+W.
Kodak Tri-X and its grainy, high contrast "look" really sets it apart from the competition even to this day. Yes, you can add contrast to *any* b&w film to get close to the same look, yes, you can push most b&w films to get more grain. But Kodak Tri-X has a signature look to it that is almost impossible to replicate with only Ilford HP5 getting anywhere near it. My go-to film for street photography, I never need to edit the files beyond a crop here and there because they come out exactly how I want each time. A testament to an enduring classic.