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    tmax 400?

    how good is this film?

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    Re: tmax 400?

    very very good, especially when reciprocity raises it's ugly head!
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    Re: tmax 400?

    I've only used the old TMY, and that was excellent. From the reviews in View Camera magazine the new is improved. If not for the need for quickloads it would be my only b/w film.

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    Re: tmax 400?

    I'm using it and like it, the grain seems comparable to 320TXP, but too early for a definitive opinion. D76 1:1

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    Re: tmax 400?

    Quote Originally Posted by tmastran View Post
    the grain seems comparable to 320TXP,
    Not even close. Whole different animal.

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    Re: tmax 400?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erich Hoeber View Post
    Not even close. Whole different animal.
    In my own 11x14 prints made from similarly exposed and processed negatives.


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    Re: tmax 400?

    It's... linear !

    And that's what we want.

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    Re: tmax 400?

    When one looks at the entire package - reciprocity character, absolutely linear film curve (builds density like a .44 magnum), grain, processing flexibility and tonal character, I honestly believe that this is about as good as it has ever been.

    T Max 100 is a PITA when it comes to processing but this is not the case with T Max 400. I have processed this film in just about every developer imaginable from pyro, pyrocat, Rodinal, Harveys and everything in between and each time it just sings.

    I emptied my entire freezer and use it exclusively. No reason to use anything else particularly with ULF. It is simply marvelous to be able to make photographs with some wind or soft light.

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    Re: tmax 400?

    why is there such a difference from 100 to 400?

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    Re: tmax 400?

    Sandy King has a very thorough article comparing T-Max 100 and 400 in the current issue of View Camera.

    steve simmons

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