I Shoot a Roll of Kodak T-Max 400 by Robert Chestnut

May 9, 2019
2 min read

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 

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