Tri-X is a black and white photographic film formerly produced by Eastman Kodak Company, and now produced by Kodak Alaris. The combination of hand held cameras and high speed Tri-X film was transformative for photojournalism and for cinema.
Kodak’s Professional Tri-X 400 Black and White Negative Film is a classic high-speed panchromatic film designed for a wide array of shooting conditions. Characterized by its fine grain quality, notable edge sharpness, and high resolving power, Tri-X 400 also exhibits a wide exposure latitude with consistent tonality. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 400/27° when developed in standard black and white chemistry, and responds well to push processing. As an all-around, highly versatile film, Tri-X 400 is a standard choice for photographing in difficult lighting conditions as well as when working with subjects requiring good depth of field or for faster shutter speeds.
For a number of years, Kodak Tri-X has often been the single most talked about black and white film on the market. Fujifilm Acros is barely mentioned, and even Kodak’s own TMax 400 isn’t heavily spoken about. Lots of photographers tend to like one film over the other, but they’re both very capable of producing great results. With that said, it can sometimes be pretty simple to tell the differences apart from the two.Kodak Tri-x for years was alongside photojournalists due to its versatility and its specific look that tends to work more with the midtones than the highlights and shadows. But as the years progressed, more photographers started using it in the studio too. Students enjoyed it for its forgiving nature. TMax, on the other hand, was typically marketed as being the finest grain 400 film on the market–which is stereotypically a look that is valued by landscape photographers, studio photographers, etc. Or at least that’s what you’d think, right?
Date: February, 2019
Camera: Nikon F80
Lenses: Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8D and Nikon 85mm f/1.8 G
Film: Fujicolor C200
Development: Black and White
Scanner: Fuji Frontier SP-3000