I recently shot a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 also known as TX400 at RAF Cosford Air Museum, a 36 exposure roll of film That is raved about by professional film photographers for its fine grain and it’s exceptional contrast characteristics. Having only ever developed Ilford film in the processing room before this was going to be an interesting departure for me.
Now all the charts in the college processing room are for Ilford film stock, so I had to find a chart for Kodak Tri-X 400 with Ilford ID-11 Developer. I did a search on the internet and found this site www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.php
This is an amazing resource for film photographers who develop their own film as all you need to do is input the film stock used and the developer used, then click search.
You then get a page like the graphic below. I was using Stock Dilution I shot the film at it’s native ISO of 400, you can push this film one or two stops up 1600 or 3200, something to try at a later date.
I opted for an eight minute develop period.
Once washed and dried I cut the negs into sixes and had a look at them on the light box, I was instantly impressed with the clarity of the negatives over Ilford HP5+. Upon printing some of the images again the quality of this film just shone through, the grain is so fine and the detail is very pleasing to the eye. The film seems quite forgiving when it comes to over or under exposing and has a very wide dynamic range compared to using digital.
I have a few more rolls of Tri-X in my bag and look forward to shooting with it some more. I also want to make some prints from this shoot and at some point scan the negatives into the PC.