Film Review: Kodak T-Max 100
Working, as I often do, with untested older cameras and toy cameras with unreliable shutter speeds, one of the things that I really appreciate about this film is its exposure forgiveness. Images that have been under, or over exposed, will generally still turn out well. This quality makes it a good film choice for the beginning photographer.
The use of this film however, for the film developing beginner, is another story. Developing this film requires a good deal of attention to detail. There isn’t nearly as much forgiveness in the developing as there is in the exposing of it. D-76 developer works very well with this film. (I believe T-Max films were originally made and tested by Kodak for use with D-76 developer.) T-Max developer, and HC-110 will also work well with this film, but may require some tinkering with times.
The image quality of this film is remarkable. T-Max 100 is extremely sharp, and the incredibly fine grain is really quite amazing. The sharpness and fine grain make this film very well suited to enlarging.
As far as price goes, T-Max 100 is one of the most reasonably priced true black and white films out there. If you are lucky enough to live near a photography shop, (as I do) another perk, is that this film will more than likely be found in good supply. Shops tend not to stock items that aren’t selling particularly well. Popularity is often a good indication of an excellent product, and this is a very popular film. In my opinion, Kodak really put out a great product with T-Max 100. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do!
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