Kodak Tri-X 400 - 35mm Film - 24exp
Our Price: £8.50 GBP100597
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.
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) 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 24 exposures today and dive back into the fun of 35mm film photography!
I love Kodak Tri-X for its versatility, subtle grain and fantastic range in both portrait and street photography. I decided to pair it with a red filter and the results are fantastic. The sharpness and contrasts paired to this classic black and white Kodak film is honestly one of my personal favourite rolls yet to be developed. A must-have staple bnw for every photographer, whether new or experienced.
Well, what can I say that you don't already know? It's classic Tri-X in 24 exposures, possibly the most convenient size (at least for me). I like the ability to push or give special treatment to a roll of film, then move on to another location or situation so having 24 exposures suits me perfectly - many times I feel 36 is just too many when I'm out and about and different exposures are required depending on the time of day and scene. But this is only based around my personal use, others may feel different.
The film itself is exactly what you expect. Rich inky tones, a classic look, reasonable grain (just enough to give character without being at all objectionable). Pushing ability is very respectable too - I do think HP5 is a better pusher and retains more shadow detail but Tri-X does certainly still have it's charm when shot at 800 and 1600. It's already a film with respectful contrast so pushing exaggerates that in a very unique way allowing you to capture some very distinctive images. This sample picture was shot at 800 on a harsh sunny day through spiky tree branches - most films would show high contrast with that combination but I feel it shows off the Tri-X contrast particularly well so you can get a feel of what it's like.
If I had one criticism it's the price for Tri-X overall. It's a quality film no doubt, but I'm wondering if the quality is worth the price it's at now and if the price is just based around the name "Tri-X" and it's history. If it was produced by another company, under another name, would we still pay as much?
Do not let that put you off though. If you find it cheap, go ahead and get some. If it's regular price....well the occasional special occasion won't hurt. It's all up to you to decide if it's your kind of film or not.
My favourite bnw film!
Tri-X is a great emulsion, fine grain and beautiful tones and acutance...works well with perceptual developer but does NOT like to be pushed, exposing at 800 or higher gives rather thin negs that need a fair bit of tweaking post scanning. best results I've found are at 320 asa and there are multiple online recipes for various developers... If my stocks of this drop lower than 4 foilms I get worried and order more ....a step up from Milford emulsions in my opinion....I use a Leica MP and Leica Glass and the film really does it justice.