Tri-X was my go-to film during my college days. TMax came out a year after I graduated college. Tri-X was always okay but my results were mixed. When I first tried TMax I couldn’t figure out what the hype was about. TMax, in my opinion, was different but no improvement over Tri-X. Living in a small town, there were’t many film choices. I stuck with Tri-X, but still was never thrilled with it.
I eventually gravitated to Kodak HIE b&w infrared. Even with the extra care needed in handling, it became my black and white film of choice for many years. The images produced were high contrast and unusual. A far cry from run of the mill and totally boring TMax.
Today, with online ordering, my choices are so much better than 35 years ago. There are much better films out there…such as Bergger.
My new favorite film!
I’m just in love with how sharp it is. Grain is low using the sunny 16 rule, and it has nice contrast.
Such Fine Grain
I love me some TMax. The fine grain and clarity is my favorite thing about this film. Currently it’s my favorite 100 speed film out there. I prefer Tmax for the fine grain over Ilford Fp4. This film has been a favorite of mine for the past 20 years.