Film, it’s overrated…

Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @800

Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @800

The day Kodak stop making Tri-X will be a very sad day indeed, there’s no other film like it. Fuji Neopan 1600 came close, and I did use it quite a bit, but it was discontinued a couple of years back and not replaced with anything even slightly similar.
Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @1600

Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @1600

The thing I love about Tri-X is it’s ‘push-ability’, its box speed is 400iso, but I regularly shoot it at 800, 1600 and have gone as high as 3200 and still got a usable negative. For that classic creamy toned grain I rate Tri-X at 1600iso, at which I shot all the images here. This is something no £200 software can replicate, I don’t care what anyone says…
Ricoh GR1, 28mm, Tri-X @400

Ricoh GR1, 28mm, Tri-X @400

Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @800

Mamiya 7II, 80mm, Tri-X @800


  1. “The day Kodak stop making Tri-X…”

    No no no! Don’t even put that out into the world! It really is so versatile a film.

    (I really miss Neopan 1600. I’ve gone ahead with the 400, but it’s like dating someone on the rebound. It’s okay, but just not the same…)

  2. I’ve always done film…..D76 all the way…for decades. what’s great about film is it’s longevity. I frequently print decades-old negs. Then too, you can easily make a print that’s unique..nothing like an inkjet print…

  3. TriX is my all time favorite film. I’ve been stocking it for a while now but I’m afraid I’ll have to turn to Ilford sometime in the near future, and again I agree Neopan 1600 is just amazing good. I love using it at 6400 ISO.

    Have you tried the HP5+ or the Delta 400?

  4. As my confidence has increased (read: I don’t think I’ll blow an entire roll of film and get nothing); I’d like to start shooting some film this year. Can you give a newbie some recommendations?

    • Get yourself a cheap second hand 35mm, there’s plenty around. I’d recommend an Olympus OM1 or OM2 or Nikon FM, etc.
      I don’t develop much of my own stuff, I pay £4.50 to get the negs developed and then scan them myself. You can get a perfectly good scanner for less than £150.
      Start out shooting 400 iso colour negative, it has a huge latitude/margin for mistakes.

      Shoot everything that interests you!

  5. Rick Schuster

    Great images and great post, as always. Just want to let you know that your posts consistently inspire me to get out and shoot more.

  6. You should really try developing your own stuff. It’s much less expensive and all of the equipment can be stored in a cupboard. No need for a darkroom – just a lightproof bag. It’s also another way to control the outcome of your prints as you play around with development times and a little bit of chemistry. Great post. Love seeing Tri-X (being a fan myself).

  7. These are beautiful! And yes it’s very sad about all of the different film types becoming discontinued – I haven’t had a film camera myself in probably ten years, because as my grandma says it’s so hard to find film these days (granted she lives in a small village in rural Manitoba so none of her stores carry film, but I see her point) but I want to take a photography class as an elective for my degree and they require that you use a 35mm camera remarkably, so I will be in the market once again! Your blog has been inspirational for the type of work you can still do with film, thank you.

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