Teach Me About TriX / TMY ,Please !!!

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Hi I'm a new beginner.Could anyone tell me how good and bad of TriX / TMY (135) in comparision? I apologize that I've to learn from your experience and thanks for anyone's answers.

-- Jan (Jan21@rocketmail.com), September 15, 1999


Tri-X is an older and more forgiving emulsion with a somewhat coarser grain structure. T-Max 400 has an H&D curve with little shoulder, which means it tends to compress the high values. It therefore requires much more careful development than Tri-X. People generally recommend that beginners stick with Tri-X. However, if you work carefully and always develop your film in exactly the same way, there is no reason you cannot get excellent results with TMY. I can usually get a true EI of 400 out of TMY, whereas my EI with Tri-X is about 250.

-- Ed Buffaloe (edbuffaloe@unblinkingeye.com), September 15, 1999.

TMY requires quite a bit more care in exposure and processing; however, there's no excuse for using such sloppy technique that there's any problem. TMY is a little sharper and a little finer-grained. Note that a couple of the best developers for these films are Xtol and D-76 1:1, _not_ T-Max developer.

-- John Hicks / John's Camera Shop (jbh@magicnet.net), September 15, 1999.


Why is TMAX Developer '_not_ recommended' for TMY? It is puzzling (to me) why the developer does not produce 'satisfactory' results for it's intended use.

Hope someone can clarify.



-- Daniel Loh (loh_daniel@hotmail.com), September 16, 1999.

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