The "standard", just not for me.
I know this is the tried and true “standard” of the world, but I’m not a fan. I rate my results as average and never better. Once I started shooting Kodak HIE b&w infrared years ago, that became my go-to b&w film for its high contrast.
Having just shot Tri-X again for the first time in 30 years, my opinion has not changed. Kodak HIE is gone, but I’ve found better Ilford b&w film but for contrast and grain, I’m loving Bergger.
There is a reason why this film has been a standard in the industry for so long. Some of the most iconic B+W images have been taken on this emulsion. It has amazing latitude and can be pushed and pulled to extreme levels. It tends to be a bit grainier than some of the other B+W options, but it does give the images that classic Tri-X feel that seems to be impossible to recreate digitally. You can’t go wrong with this film. This is my favorite and most consistent B+W film.
Excellent for taking photos in cities
Kodak Tri-X 400 was my first roll of black and white film, and I was blown away by how well it turned out. I used it to take pictures of buildings in a local city and loved the contrast and grain.