Kodak TRI-X 400 - Film Review

TRI-X 400
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 4.5 out of 5
TypeBW
Brand Kodak
ISO400
Format35mm, 120
Price
$ $ $
Contrast
+ + + + +
Latitude
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GrainFine - Coarse
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Tri-X 400 one of the most popular film stock, 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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4.75/5

Rated 5 out of 5
November 30, 2021

I think Tri-X is a fantastic b/w film but the reason it didn’t get a solid 5/5 is because it is kind of expensive. Often imitated but unique in its own way, Tri-X seems to have strong contrast perfected. I would shoot Kodak Tri-X at any ISO from 100-3200 and develop accordingly. I also can’t think of any situation where Tri-X wouldn’t be suitable for. Weddings: Check. Architecture? No problem. Abstract stuff? Got you covered. There’s nothing this film can’t do so if you’re looking for an all-around film, this one is hard to beat with the exception of HP5+ because HP5 is cheaper. I also highly recommend shooting anything “old” with Tri-X. From people to monumental buildings, it just seems to look right.

Tenmuter

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Rated 5 out of 5
February 23, 2021

I have 6 rolls of trix400. Can you help me find out what kind of camera I need please. Thank you in advance

Sally Romano Doyle

The "standard", just not for me.

Rated 2 out of 5
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