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Kodak TRI-X 400 - Film Review

TRI-X 400
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TypeBW
Brand Kodak
ISO400
Format35mm, 120
Price
$ $ $
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GrainFine - Coarse
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Tri-X 400 one of the most popular over films, not just in black and white, but of all film.  It’s known for its classic and absolutely beautiful grain that hasn’t changed since 1954 as well as its song contrast and rich tones.  It has amazing exposure latitude which allows it to easily push up to 3 stops and also means it does well with over exposure.  When metering this film, like most other black and white film, we highly recommend metering either mid-tones or shadows.  You don’t want to underexpose it.  When shot in contrasty light you’ll get dark blacks and bright pure whites.  It film is very versatile and works for pretty much any type of photography.  It’s commonly used for street photography and is a beautiful portrait film as well! 

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The "standard", just not for me.

2.0 rating
July 18, 2020

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.

Thomas R Janowski

The Classic

5.0 rating
January 31, 2020

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.

Josh Mellema