Kodak P Tmax 3200 – pictures and description

Kodak P Tmax 3200 | © mare.photo

The Kodak Tmax P 3200 is back. When Kodak discontinued the production of this highly sensitive film in 21012, many users recalled the peculiarities of such an analog movie and Kodak responded. He’s back and working with the Ilford Delta 3200 a very exciting niche. Reason enough that we are dedicated to this film.

While in digital photography the sensitivity ranges are literally overturning, today the sensitivities of modern films with exceptions between ISO 100 and ISO 400 are. This is the area that is most commonly used in both analogue and digital photography.

Now, a sensitive film such as the Kodak Tmax P 3200 has unevenly coarse grain compared to its low-sibling sibling, which becomes clearly visible at appropriate magnifications. But that does not have to be a disadvantage, but it can be creatively used as a creative tool.

It does not matter if you take pictures during the day or in the dark. Open air museums, industrial wastelands, street photography, historic agricultural machines, cemeteries – these are just a few examples of photography with a highly sensitive film in daylight.

It should be noted that the Kodak Tmax P 3200 in a camera with DX encoding actually exposed this film with a sensitivity of ISO 3200, but he is actually intended in the normal range only for ISO 800.

But why is this most sensitive film rated at ISO 3200? Here comes the almost overlooked letter P in the name to the train. Because the P stands for push development. Indeed, the Kodak Tmax P 3200 is actually the most ideal option of all Kodak black and white films to be pushed up to ISO 3200. Even at ISO 400, which is even less sensitive, it can be exposed and upwards, there seems to be no limit. Thus, sensitivities of this film up to ISO 25,000 are possible.

Basically, the contrast increases with each push level, the number of gray values ​​decreases. But even that can be really exciting when it comes to design.

The most ideal exposure range, however, is the Kodak Tmax P 3200 between ISO 800 and ISO 3200.
Basically, you give such a film in a real technical laboratory or develops it himself. It’s too bad, (which, however, I see basically for all films) for a mass laboratory, which is not developed individually.

You have to think about whether you want to develop the inserted film at ISO 800, ISO 1000, ISO 1600 or ISO 3200 or, of course, about it. In any case, one must necessarily communicate the used sensitivity to the commissioned film laboratory. However, this also means that one pays the additional price for the development according to the required development for one or two push stages. More important, however, should be the result.

Why not take a Kodak Tri X and push it up to 3200? Basically, you can push the Kodak Tri X with its actual sensitivity with ISO 400 up to a sensitivity of 3200. But in this highly sensitive area, the Kodak Tmx P 3200 is clearly superior. Because the highlights are given much more harmonious again and the contrast is much better controlled in this area.

And the Ilford Delta 3200? We will also devote ourselves to this film in the near future and have already exposed it several times. To be brief: The Kodak Tmax P 3200 is less grainy than the Ilford Delta 3200, while the Ilford Delta 3200 is designed for a higher nominal sensitivity, ISO 1000 and better. Design wise, there is no better or worse, it is more a matter of taste, which coarse grain and which contrast behavior is closer to their own taste.

In the gallery below, the images are exposed to ISO 3200 sensitivity and are also normally developed with Kodak D76.

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