Review: Kodak TMax P3200

One of my favorite things about B&W film is in its simplicity and not needing to worry about filters when the conditions are anything other than daylight for purposes of white balancing. Often times, when I’m shooting indoors, I don’t have much if any natural light. More often than not when I’m shooting indoors, I can’t count on a lot of natural light and 400 speed film is too slow. In comes 3200 speed film. It’s great. I always have some in the freezer.  

The only downside is the fact that it’s only available in 35mm. And even then that’s not that big of a deal. finger’s crossed they eventually come out with it in 120 Between this stock and Illford Delta 3200 in 35mm, I couldn’t suggest this stock more. While the grain is a bit more than I would expect from a 400 speed film, it’s far and away better than Illford’s alternative in terms of grain and feel.

At this point, I almost always have a roll of it in one of my two Nikon F2s. While I’ve experimented with it outdoors for a few frames of each roll, I’ve never really been that impressed. I had a difficult time getting the shots to not be too bright and it loses some of the texture I have to love it for.

One thought on “Review: Kodak TMax P3200”

  1. These photos look great!
    Every time I look for samples of scanned TMax 3200 images, the grain seems distractingly messy (even for a 3200) & images seem a little muddy.
    I’ve scanned a roll of 400 black & white on a V600 & the results were much grainier than the original lab scans. So I worry the 3200 will be a disaster, but your photos here are giving me some hope. I often shoot indoors & would love to make this a go-to film.
    Do you have any tips on shooting this film? Seems that it does well in starker lighting?
    Can you share how this image was scanned?


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