Tri-X: Best film ever?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by JNB, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Of the tens of thousands of shots I've taken, film or digital (of which at least 30 or 40 are worth a damn), my belief is that Tri-X has saved my bacon more often than not. It's taken the most mundane setups and made them worth looking at, and my good ones great.

    400 was my favorite, and I used it for everything, from photojournalism to portraiture to art shots. Darn near the perfect film.

    What was your favorite?
  2. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    25 Technical Pan, processed in Technidol.

    RIP :(
  3. 103734 Guest

    Apr 10, 2007
    photographic paper here, only because pinhole cameras are so fun :p.

    and its the last type of film I used, I was kinda born into the digital era (18 y/o).
  4. atlanticza macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Cape Town
    I was a great fan of Ilford's HP4 - Tri-X's equivalent.
  5. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
  6. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    B&W - Love HP5, especially pushed to 1600. Neopan 1600 is awesome too.

    Colour Neg - Portra 400NC/VC

    Slide - Provia 400X - Just really nice and pushes really well.
  7. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    For landscapes I settled on Fuji's Velvia transparency film. When Fuji stopped making it, I gave up photography for a while... until I took the plunge and went digital...
  8. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    Tri-X 400 for me, as well. Even when I was a complete novice to photography, I managed to get some awesome shots on that stock. Love the contrast, love the grain. Especially for night shots.

  9. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I liked Ilford's XP2 for convenience of being able to get the film processed anywhere.

    But when I had the time and facilities to process my own films then I used Delta 400 and pushed it fair bit.
  10. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    For B&W, the Ilford Delta films in Hutchings PMK followed by HP5+ in PMK followed by FP4 in PMK. Despite being T-grain films, the Deltas worked well in PMK.

    For color Provia 100F at EI 160 (+1) in the Kodak 6-bath kit followed by Velvia at EI 80 (+1) in the Kodak 6-bath kit.
  11. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    Ilford FP4 Plus, I got damn amazing shots with that.
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Tech pan, Tri-x, and believe it or not this Fuji Neopan developed in pyro developer.

    Man I miss film. I'm going to get some after I move.
  13. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    I don't miss having UPS totally destroy two out of every three PMK deliveries- I always wondered if they just handed other people their pyro-soaked packages (*shudder*) when they destroyed one enough that it leaked.

    The Photographer's Formulary now has Pyrocat-HD in liquid form, almost- but not quite worth going back to film for.
  14. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    It's been so long I can't recall whether I tried Ilford film (I did like Ilford paper, though)... did you have to develop it in Rodinal, or was D-76 OK? Rodinal always scared me.
  15. Java macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2003
    Marin County (where else?)
    Agfa Ultra 50

    For color, the Agfa Ultra 50 was beautiful. Almost no film grain.
  16. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    I liked tri-X early on, and then my later shots where on Kodak t-max. I also shot Kodachrome and then moved to Velvia

    I'm currently scanning a lot of old film. It's going slowly as I have a file cabinet full of it. The project is forcing me to look at the film for technical quality (and content too.) and I'm noticing the lower contrast films are best. I shot a some of Agfa Portrait-160 and this stuff scans real well. It's ideal for landscapes, makes for some real nice scanned files. Now I whish more of my work had been done with Agfa Portrait-160, even the landscapes

    I think it also depends on the format. tri-x was a bit to grainy for 35mm format but different on medium format.

    I really want to get back into shooting film but I think it's not worth it to shoot 35mm film. It is so close to using a DSLR. I think 4x5 is it. Large format can do different things than SLRs
  17. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Katy, TX
    I like T-max 100/400. Basically all I shoot and develop as of now. Don't really shot any color film, black and white is just easier to print.
  18. wittegijt macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Mainly Tri-x (35mm & 120) and some Plus-x (120). Tri-x is developed in Rodinal and the Plus-x usually in D76.
    I don't like T-grain films, Tmax being worse than Ilford Delta.

  19. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2006
    Mt Brook, AL
    and those of us who have enjoyed your work are glad you came back!
  20. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    I'm having an old days attack. Back in the 60s and early 70s I shot thousands of frames on TX (used to buy it by the 100' and roll my own) but my favorite developer was Acufine, which as I remember meant you could shoot at either 800 or 1200 and have low grain, good range, etc. etc.

    TX was also very resistant to all kinds of environmental insults. I took it with me into the humid tropics, no protection except factory packaging (the 100' rolls were in big metal cans) and it just never failed me in any way at all. I even developed there, using rainwater, couldn't hit that 68 degree temp but again, it always gave me a good neg.

    At the other end -- Panatomic with Microdol(?) 1:3. Took forever to develop but it was just about grainless at any reasonable magnification.

    Once I tried Xray film -- talk about no grain. Amazing. I can't remember any more than that, though.

    Agfa Brovira. I loved that paper more than any other.
  21. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    ^ditto. :)

    I never shot film until three years ago when I started school, but after trying all brands and speeds available to me, I now have a large stock of Tri-X 400 in my fridge.
    Not that it gets too much use now that I've got my 5D. :eek:
    Still holds a place in my heart, though.
  22. PCMacUser macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    My favourite film is Fuji Velvia ISO50. In black and white, I'm still experimenting - worked with Ilford HP5+ and have now got PanF ISO 50 in my camera.
  23. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    I have to go with Velvia, too. It is just magic.
  24. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    ^^^ I shot a wedding with that - awesome film.

    Wow, taking me back. I've use Tri-X for BW...

    I've always shot with Kodacolor 100 for ever and ever, until digital that is... :(

    Most favorite film of all is anything Polaroid... :)

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