Kodak Tri-X 120 film is a truly legendary film. Kodak Tri-X emulsion was first introduced in 1940 in sheet film, making it over 80 years old!
Key to its longevity has been its flexibility - photographers can take TriX 120 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 of Kodak Tri-X 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.
Sometimes called 400 tx, TriX or 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.
For more information about the brand check out our bio of Kodak
Sample shots (c) stephanie carter
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great all rounder black and white film and for the price you cant beat it, gorgeous grain and latitude.
Having been a keen user of Kodak Tri-X in the past I was pleased to see the price drop recently. This has encouraged me to try it once again. I loaded up my Zeiss Ikon Nettar with a roll of Tri-X 400120 on a recent trip to Walton-on-Naze. A British seaside town in the winter has a certain bleakness and fascination for me. I thought the contrast and grittiness of the Tri-X would suit the subject very well. So, one Sunday earlier this year I met up with three friends from a Facebook group I’m in at the pier in Walton.
The day turned out to be not as rough as last year when we did a similar trip and I didn’t manage to get some rough sea shots. I did though get some great shots of the grey concrete esplanade and even tried a double exposure shot, something which is easy to do on the Nettar.
The film was developed in Ornano Gradual ST 20 which gave a fine grain but a good range of tones. I may in the future try developing this film in Rodinal to get more grain to add to the grittiness of the images.
A great film with superb contrast, effectively a benchmark for monotone film. Contrast enhanced when shooting at 800 iso.
I've always enjoyed using TriX 400 in 35mm, especially trying to emulate the classic contrasty look of many of my street photography heros. When AW offered a great price on 120 I picked up a few rolls and I'm so glad to see it's just as wonderful in medium format. I've shot some in a 1938 Rolleiflex at box speed and pushed to 1600 both developed in Bellini Euro HC. I've really had to do nothing in post after scanning. The shadows are deep, yet still retain detail and the highlights haven't blown on the images I've taken. The grain is lovely and the sharpness is biting. I will definitely be using again (so long as the price is affordable) and I'm looking forward to trying out some portraits.