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Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tri-X 400 to 3200

I bought a new lens for my Hasselblad 500 c/m, (that’s another story) the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f/4 (the only Hassie lens I could afford), and needed to test it out.

I had a roll of Kodak Tri-X 400, but needed more light indoors, so I figured it was a good time to test out pushing this film all the way to 3200. I have previously pushed it to 1600 and liked my results, so why not keep going. I am really enjoying these (new to me) experiments with film.

Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200

I developed this film in Kodak D-76 for 11min and fixed it for 6min.

I shot these pictures using my handheld Sekonic meter and I am really surprised at how dark they came. Shots I have taken in the same light with Delta 3200 pulled to 1600, came lighter for some reason and that’s with letting in less light.

Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Left Pic: Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600
Right Pic: Kodak TX 400 at 3200

Even though these did come out very dark, I am kind of digging the look it gave my photos. They definitely wouldn’t print well though.

Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200

You can see in the two examples below, that both films at 3200 start to blow the highlights.

Ilford Delta 3200Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Left Pic: Ilford Delta 3200
Right Pic: Kodak TX 400 at 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200
Kodak TX 400 @ 3200

Final Thoughts

While pushing this film to 3200 does not fit the parameters I am looking for in my particular quest to find a film to shoot handheld in my home, I do like the look for certain themes and will keep that in mind for projects in the future.

That is what has been so fun about this journey for me. I am searching for a particular look, but at the same time I am finding out what different films look like at different settings and that will only add to my skill set as I grow as a film photographer.

My favorite film on this quest continues to be Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600. The price tag is just a bit much. What film should I try next that may look like Delta 3200 at 1600? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have had fun too. I will continue to experiment with film and I hope you will continue to come along with me. Please sign up to follow my blog through email. You will only ever get an email when I post a new article. Please share, like, and comment on this article so that I know you are all enjoying it.

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