TX -- differences in US & Europe?

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I understand that the TX film available in Europe was manufactured in Europe, and that it is not the same as TX manufactured in the US. I've heard that the silver content of the emulsion is different, and that the images made from the two films are noticably different.

Is this true, or is European TX interchangeable with US TX?

The reason I ask is because it would be a lot more convenient (and now cheaper) to buy my TX in Europe when I travel there, rather than carry the stuff from the US.


-- Paul Arnold

-- Paul Arnold (osprey@bmt.net), November 19, 2000


What is TX film?

-- Bill Mitchell (bmitch@home.com), November 19, 2000.

I assume you are referring to Kodak Tri-X film. I live most of the year in Europe and work extensively in the States as well. I have used a whole lot of Tri-X 4x5 purchased in both places and have noticed absolutely no difference. I haven't done sensitometric tests, just printing from the negs, but it seems to be the same to me. I imagine the Kodak plants in France and Germany make film to the same specs as Kodak USA (there are two or three plants there as well).

Regards, ;^D)

-- Doremus Scudder (ScudderLandreth@compuserve.com), November 19, 2000.

Could you be thinking of the difference between TX (Tri-X) and TXP (Tri-X Professional)? Those are different emulsions. I think 35mm Tri-X is always TX and sheet film sizes are always TXP, but both come in 120, and it might be the case that the availability of TX vs. TXP in 120 sizes could be different in the US and Europe. Add to that the issue of grey market sales, and it makes the whole matter even more complicated.

-- David Goldfarb (dgoldfarb@barnard.edu), November 19, 2000.

I use both continent's TX and they are the same. (The water is different though! :^)

-- PJ Taylor (pjt_123@hotmail.com), November 24, 2000.

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