I loved the opportunity to try out Kodak T-Max 400 for the first time, and shooting my first roll in Marfa, Texas made it even more fun. After shooting in Marfa, I decided to try out T-Max again, this time via a portrait session. I photographed my sister Annabelle wearing a sweater vest I had just finished knitting. Being relatively new to black and white photography (been shooting it steadily for a year now), it was high time I finally tried something new within black and white after shooting solely with Ilford film. The experience of shooting both helped me appreciate Ilford HP5 Plus 400 even more, but also showed me times that I’ll likely choose to shoot with T-Max instead.
I can attest that this film works well for both portraits and landscapes having shot both with T-Max. The process of shooting landscapes with this roll was very meditative and slow. The portraits were similar in that shooting film automatically causes you to slow down, but I was in more of a time crunch so I had to make these portraits happen relatively quickly. I had shot T-Max before at this point, having shot the roll in Marfa, so I felt comfortable and knew I could trust what was in my camera.
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What We Love:
This is a tonally rich film.
As many film photographers say, “the tooooones.” Tones mean something different in black and white than they do in color. The telltale sign of a solid black and white film stock is tonal range. You’re seeing deep blacks and brilliant whites in your images. That’s definitely the case with T-Max.
This is a sharp film.
With a less intense presence of grain, the subjects in your image will be sharper than they would be if shot with a grainer stock. This is an aesthetic choice, but one not to be ignored if you prefer sharpness.
This is a newly designed film.
Though T-Max has been around for a while, this specific formulation was just redesigned in 2007. Kodak created this film with all the things they’ve learned up until ‘07 in mind!
Professional T-Max 400 Black and White Negative 120 Film - 5 Rolls
Want the sharpest 400-speed B&W film in the world? Kodak Professional T-MAX 400 120 Film is it! In addition, it'll treat you with super fine-grainBuy for $44.95
What It Has:
- Very Fine Grain, T-GRAIN Emulsion
- High Sharpness and Edge Detail
What It Does:
- Shoot Panchromatic B&W Negative Film
- ISO 400
- Film Type: 35mm & 120
- Standard Black and White Chemistry
- Film Base: Acetate