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    Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Very good article on Tri-X and the photographers who made wonderful photographs with it. It's worth the long read and it's not the usual evangelical piece that is usually written about film as one might find out there.

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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Too bad you didn't make the thread with a poll. How many still use Tri-X? In what format?

    The film has quite a history, of course. It would be hard to point to another film that's been used more. Kodachrome is gone, but Tri-X is hanging around just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian C. Miller View Post
    Too bad you didn't make the thread with a poll. How many still use Tri-X? In what format?
    arghhh ! you're right Brian. wonder if polls can be added as an edit
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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Read that article awhile ago. I just feel I should warn people that candle wax ruins the emulsion.

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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Happy Birthday Tri-X.

    My favorite 35mm film (in Rodinal or D-76), but I haven't shot it in LF.

    I often shoot it at 1/2 box speed, so I think that makes it 30 years old, not 60.

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    Are you sure about that? Wouldn't shooting it at half-speed make it last twice as long. Wouldn't it be 120?

    I've been stocking up on Tri-X in 120 because I decided, cost or not cost, if I was going shoot, I was going to shoot with my favorite film. I don't have a problem with the 320 in sheet film, but it doesn't seem to have the same look. I like how it handles highlights, but I seem to get overall better results in sheet film with HP5. It's probably just me and the way I do things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    Happy Birthday Tri-X.

    My favorite 35mm film (in Rodinal or D-76), but I haven't shot it in LF.

    I often shoot it at 1/2 box speed, so I think that makes it 30 years old, not 60.
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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    The best film in the world. Just wish that I could afford to use it all the time.
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    I use it on 35mm and 120mm and would use it on 4x5 if they make it (not the TX320 stuff)

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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Quote Originally Posted by richardman View Post
    I use it on 35mm and 120mm and would use it on 4x5 if they make it (not the TX320 stuff)
    This is one of the reasons I don't use Tri-X I won't use an emulsion thys doesn't translate to all formats, 320TX is not the same as 400TX.

    So in response to the 2nd post about a poll, I don't shoot Tri-X I shoot HP5+ and I've only shot probably 5 rolls of Tri-X my entire life, 2 of which I shot at EI3200 and pushed it, with horrible results. HP5+ pushes to 3200 just fine. The other few rolls were out of necessity as the store was out of TMY-2 and I needed some 400 speed film.

    I know it was a great film, and produces a look that is very remarkable, and so I celebrate it's birthday as respect to all the amazing photographers who have created glorious images with this classic film.

    Happy Birthday Tri-X! Hope to still see your shots by others on your 75th birthday!

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    Re: Tri-X turns 60 this year

    Quote Originally Posted by ROL View Post
    Read that article awhile ago. I just feel I should warn people that candle wax ruins the emulsion.
    But you don't need a candle if the base is nitrate... (evil smiley)

    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    2 of which I shot at EI3200 and pushed it, with horrible results.
    According to the docs, 1250 is max. TMY also doesn't really push past 1600.

    And back to the topic, the article mentions that Kodak doesn't have any plans to celebrate Tri-X. Sheesh, if it was Disney marking an anniversary, there would be fireworks! Of course when it hit it's 50th, this was Kodak's response: "To mark the fiftieth anniversary of TRI-X film, the film's packaging will carry a special '50 years' seal throughout 2004." Nice, the package got a little logo. Have to plan something for November 1st.

    I think something like this would go great with White Stripe's "Little Room" song. Alternate cameras and photographs.
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