Kodak TRI-X 400 - Film Review

TRI-X 400
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
Brand Kodak
Format35mm, 120
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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 Classic

Rated 5 out of 5
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

Excellent for taking photos in cities

Rated 5 out of 5
December 2, 2019

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.

Jason Morrison

Maybe the perfect film

Rated 5 out of 5
September 27, 2019

Tri-X has the perfect amount of contrast for me, wide exposure latitude, minimal grain, and it pushes well. Perfect for street photography and portraiture. One of the titans of the analog world.

Denton Schmidt