Kodak TMax 100 Review (& TMax 400): Film – Sample Photos
Kodak TMax 100 review and sample photos
Kodak T-Max 100 Film, a photo by MatthewOsbornePhotography_ on Flickr.
Kodak TMax 100 Review
I started getting into film photography during 2012 and I was using the classic black and white film, Ilford FP4+. For 2013 I tried Kodak TMax 100 film and liked this modern emulsion using T-grain for finer more grain free results for scanning. I used 35mm Kodak TMax 100 in my Nikon FM and Voigtlander Bessa R3A rangefinder and 120 Kodak T-Max 400 (& 100) in my medium format cameras. I tried different formats – 6×4.5 (Contax 645), 6×6 (ARAX-CM (Kiev 88)), 6×7 (Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II) and 6×9 (Moskva-5 folding camera).
Kodak TMax 100 Developing
I develop my own Kodak T-Max 100 black and white film using Xtol and/or Rodinal and often via stand development. It is very easy and allows you to develop the film to get the look you desire. This is not possible if you send film to a lab. You do not need a dark room, just a ‘Paterson tank’.
For colour film photography I use mostly Kodak Portra 400 for medium format and Kodak Portra 160 for 35mm. (See Kodak vs Ektar Portraits & more blog link below).
Kodak TMax 100 Sample Photos
Below are some Kodak T-Max 100 sample photos using different film cameras, 35mm and 120 film, and including 645, 6×6, 6×7, 6×9 film formats.
Kodak T-Max 100 35mm Photos (Voigtlander Bessa R3A)
120 Kodak TMax 100 Flickr Photos (+ TMax 400)
Contax 645 + 120 Kodak TMax 100 Film
ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) (120 Kodak T-Max 100 Film)
Mamiya RZ67 + 120 Kodak T-Max 100 Portraits
Moskva-5 (6×9 Folding camera)
TMax 100 + Leica Cameras
Kodak TMax 100 35mm Portraits
Leica M9 CCD Sensor vs. Film
The filmic look of the Leica M9 CCD sensor really threatened my continued use of using 35mm black and white film. I stopped shooting film for over 3 months once the M9 arrived. I then found time to develop some film from the Voigtlander Bessa R3A that I shot before buying the M9. The results have fully restored my faith in film. I like the imperfections and arty feel that true film photography can capture. I look forward to using my new Leica lenses on my Bessa R3A alongside my Leica M9. I also bought Mamiya RZ 645 film back, Mamiya RZ 6×6 film back and a Mamiya RZ Polaroid film back so the future for film looks bright for 2014!
Kodak TMax 100 Review – Related Posts
- How to develop film at home – step by step guide!
- Rodinal Stand Development
- Ilford FP4+ Film
- Kodak Portra Film
- Mamiya RZ Film Backs
- Fomapan 100 Film Review
- Kentmere 100 Film Review
- Ilford Pan F 50 Film Review
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I never understand why models have to look a touch slutty. The posts look completely artificial, conducted, and nothing comes from the expression of the depicted person. Certainly no natural happiness. The slightly open mouth, shoes that no one carries in public, the staring look quite unnoticed – somehow strange, this kind of photography.
Thanks Kai, I guess everyone likes different styles. This seems quite popular at the moment. Also different countries have different looks. Eastern European girls ride bikes and walk to work in high heels yet in the US you might only see them at a party. I’m not sure where you live but it sounds like they wear flat shoes similar to the UK. Thanks Matt
Honestly, what does this comment have to do with Kodak T-Max 100? You are entitled to your opinion but if you are going to contribute to the discussion, why not try addressing the subject instead of inserting your totally off topic opinion?
I have actually had outstanding results with T-Max 100 in both 35mm and 120 developing in plain old D-76 1:1 @68º F. In 120, 16×20 enlargements are grainless and in 35mm 8×10 equally so. Sharpness is very high and the negatives show great shadow detail.
Thanks Scott, I’ve not tried D-76. Thanks for the details. Matt