Expired Tmax 400

This morning found me loading my YashicaMAT 124G with a roll of expired Tmax 400 that was gifted to my by a friend a few weeks ago. Not being a huge fan of the T-grain films from Kodak (or the Delta films from Ilford for that matter), I can hardly turn down film when given to me. So after throwing a yellow filter on the taking lens the camera and I made the short trek to one of the few emaciated parks in my town. I decided to meter the film for 200 ASA since it had expired in 2006. A choice that seems to be right based on the results.

Development was in Clayton F76+ diluted 1+9 for 8 minutes. Final thoughts after the images.

YashicaMAT 124G | Kodak Tmax 400 (expired)

YashicaMAT 124G | Kodak Tmax 400 (expired)

YashicaMAT 124G | Kodak Tmax 400 (expired)

YashicaMAT 124G | Kodak Tmax 400 (expired)

Not knowing how the T-grain film would react to being developed in F76+ I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The grain for a 400 film was better than what I was expecting but that is more than likely due to the type of film it is. Not my cup of tea, but it is for quite a few photographers. Would I shoot this film again? Sure, if it is given to me but I won’t buy it myself. I much prefer an HP5 or Foma 100. I do have one more roll from the gift box my friend sent so there is one more chance for me to warm up to this film.

Have you shot Tmax400 before? Do you like it? Do you not like it? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, God Bless and Happy Shooting!

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  1. I like T-max 100 or 400 in Perseptol 1+3, it gives a nice tonal scale and with the 400, shadows hold up very well.
    Aggressive (as per Kodak) agitation should be avoided IMHO: it should be a smooth rolling action which gives a nice grade 3 print or a good scan.
    But Fuji B&W films (gone mores the pity) were way above both Kodak & Ilford.

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