I Shoot a Roll of Kodak T-Max 400 by Robert Chestnut
Most people think of Kodak Trix 400 when they think of black and white film. After all It is the ak47 of film.
While I love using Trix 400, I prefer using Trix’s younger brother Kodak T-Max 400. I enjoy the look high contrast photos and sharp grain T-Max never fails to deliver. T-Max also has many different looks depending on exposure and development.
My day to day camera is a meter-less Leica m3 and the exposure latitude of T-Max 400 allows me to get a good shot every time. While the previous statement is true of Trix, I seem to have flat negatives when I am off on exposure with Trix. I had been looking for a film like this for a long time.
I always skipped over Tmax films because I thought I would not like the T-grain and the sharpness. After years of avoiding it, this film has become my go to. T-Max 400 is my all-purpose film. Something about the look of Tmax photos reminds me of photos from the 1980’s I grew up seeing.
When I develop T-Max 400, I use a dilution of 1:1 of d76 for a time of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. You have to be careful on temperature if it’s just a hair too cold the developer won’t take off all of the purplish pink emulsion (the only fault I have found in a few years with this film). I normally develop mine at 25 Degrees C. Kodak recommends 20 degrees.
All the photos here were taken with a Leica M3 and goggled 35mm f/2.8 Summaron.
You can find many more photos from different film stocks and cameras on my Instagram @roastchestnuts
My name is Robert Chestnut, I am an artist, teacher, and photographer. I live on Ocracoke Island North Carolina. My interest in photography started when I purchased a Minolta srt101 from a thrift store back in 1998. In college back in 2008, I was enrolled in a photography program that gave me a renewed interest in 35mm film. I think I was the last of the college newspaper staff to be issued a film camera. I tried digital for a while when I was out of college. I don’t mind the look of digital. I am a film photographer because I like the process. I like that I can take a photo without electronics. There is nothing better in the world than developing your film yourself and looking at the fresh negatives.