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!
This film really is a classic, beautiful subtle tones and lovely fine grain. It can be used in so many different lighting conditions and records every tiny level of detail.
Kind of the archetypal black and white film, and one that everyone should try. It's very versatile; similar to HP5 (or should that be the other way around?) but a bit more contrasty in my experience? A classic film with a classic look.
Tri-x is famous the world over. And for good reason - the rich tones and exposure latitude you can get from this are out of this world. Any photo you take can look like a timeless classic. I really don't think any other black and white film has better tones than this one. So why only 4 stars? Because I'm picky, and that's the only reason. I love Tri-x, I've shot it a fair few times in the past. But I don't use it as much now because, despite the characteristic timeless grain and character, it doesn't suit my style. For street photos, yes, hands down it's perfect, even unbeatable. But for those moments where I'm carefully controlling photos in a set environment, I prefer to go to the T-Max 400 to get a sparkling clean picture. I fully understand though, part of the reason of having Tri-x at all is for that exquisite character and timeless, gorgeous look. I think the suitability of this film would vary with the person's shooting style, but for most applications it's a no-brainer. You cannot go wrong with this film, and like many people, you will end up loving it.
More of an ilford HP5 guy myself, but I have no problem at all shooting this. Very versatile, can be pushed up to 1600iso no problem at all and can be shot in bright or low lighting conditions.
With so many photographers in history using and backing this film, it goes without saying, it is a truly great film.
I’d say Tri-x has a “smoother” looking grain structure than that of Ilford HP5 in my eyes, but strokes/folks.
I’ll be leaving reviews throughout the website with pictures for full frame scans, so if you’re like me who loves to see the entire image and border, you can see what the results will be like.
A great film with a huge versatility at box speed or pushed, big fan of that deep contrast and rich blacks the grain adds some mood and atmosphere to any image. Even shot it with a speed light on location during a portrait session with fabulous results. Definitely my go to B&W film.