March 7, 2019 / By Trevor Lee / In Film Tips and Reviews,Photo Lab Blog

A comparison of two B&W classic 120 films – HP5 vs Tri-X

Medium format HP5 vs Tri-X

Medium format Kodak Tri-X 400 vs Ilford HP5 400

Kodak Tri-X 400
Ilford HP5+ 400
Which 120 film do you prefer?

Kodak Tri-X 400 is known for its classic grain structure, great contrast with deep blacks and pure whites, while Ilford HP5 PLUS 400 has less contrast with a subtle grain and very pleasant tones.

Both are 120 film pushed 1 stop to 800 and were shot with a Pentax 67 – 105mm f/2.4. ILFORD PHOTO (Official Page) HP5+ has beautiful subtle tones and medium contrast that produces great detail in the shadows. Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 has high contrast and very punchy tones. The grain isn’t too noticeable in either due to the fact that: (1) the subjects aren’t too close, making harder to see, and (2) when metered correctly, medium format is incredibly clean and usually shows grain less grain than 35mm.

We love the look of both and shoot both depending on the light and subject. How about you – which do you prefer?
[Click to enlarge photos]

120 Ilford HP5+ pushed 1 stop (+1)

120 Tri-X 400 pushed 1 stop (+1)

See our other post on comparing 35mm format film 
Kodak Tri-X vs. Ilford HP5 35mm films

Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 film canisters icon

A comparison of two B&W classics??HP5 & Tri-X!Both are 120 pushed 1 stop to 800 and were shot with a Pentax 67 – 105mm…

Posted by The Darkroom on Friday, February 22, 2019

One response to “A comparison of two B&W classic 120 films – HP5 vs Tri-X”

  1. Jonathan Piques says:

    Really nice comparison, and good shots. What developer did you use?

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