If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t shoot low ISO films very often. Most of my photos are indoors or from the car, so I usually need a high speed. However my fridge drawer is full of low ISO films. One of those rolls being Kodak T-Max 100.
I used to have a series where I interviewed people from the film community, and one of those interviews was with my friend Aloy Anderson. You may have known him from his YouTube channel Raychristofer. Right before he passed away, he posted a video review of T-Max 100 and 400 film. I told him that I steered away from T-Max because I thought it was a grainy film. He told me it was the finest grain film he had seen, and that left me thinking I needed to try it.
My First Roll of Kodak T-Max 100
Aloy passed away before I could try the film, and once he died I kind of put it off, until now. I finally loaded a roll of Kodak T-Max 100 into my Mamiya RB67 and just shot it around my home. I am so glad that I did.
Aloy was right. It is the smoothest, finest grain film I have used yet. The contrast is so beautiful, and with the Mamiya RB67 and its glass, it is even better.
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Even indoors in low lighting the grain isn’t too noticeable. I was shocked that these photos of the vase came out because I was guessing my exposures since I have been trying to be less dependent on a meter.
I’m so glad I’ve finally given this film a try. I’ll see what it looks like in 35mm next. I only wish I could talk to Aloy about it, but this roll is dedicated to him.
Sorry I haven’t been able to post much in a while. Kelsey and I just got married recently and are preparing for our baby to be here in a month. Needless to say I have had ALOT on my mind. Thank you for sticking with me though. I will always find a way to keep shooting because it means so much to me.
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8 thoughts on “Kodak T-Max 100 – My First Roll”
TMAX has started to be my go-to black and white film. Especially TMAX 100, it has to have the finest grain I had ever shot. I’ve started to use TMAX 400 for my “walking around” film. I didn’t know about Aloy Anderson, I will check out his videos.
I need to try the 400 because I can’t ever find TX 400 in stock anymore. So I’ll try that instead.
I’ve never shot TMax before, I really should give it a try. These photos are stunning. I had already seen the mushroom on Instagram, but that second photo of the vase is great too! I loved looking at the glass vase and how it was rendered. It’s so sharp and clear. Really great stuff! I’ve got to admit that I’ve missed seeing your photos and posts. Congratulations again on your marriage and upcoming baby!
Thank you so much. That means a lot to me. Sometimes I figure no one would notice if I stopped posting. Lol
I’ve shot T-Max 100 in 120 and 4×5 and love it. I also really love your photos with it. And congratulations to you and Kelsey!
Congratulations on your wedding and best wishes for the coming baby! You and Kelsey are so fortunate! …Cailín