Kodak T-MAX

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Speed100/21°, 400/27°, 3200/36°
TypeB&W print
Format35 mm, 120
ApplicationGeneral, surveillance, art photography

Kodak Professional T-MAX Film is a continuous tone, panchromatic, tabular-grain black and white negative film originally developed and manufactured by Eastman Kodak since 1986.[1][2] It is now manufactured by Eastman Kodak but distributed and marketed by Kodak Alaris.

It is sold in three speeds: ISO 100, ISO 400 and 3200 which is a multi-speed film.


Eastman Kodak still manufacture the films but following its chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012, responsibility for distribution and marketing was given to Kodak Alaris a separate company controlled by the Kodak UK pension fund.

It is sold in three speeds: 100 (TMX), 400 (TMY-2) and 3200 (TMZ). The 100 and 400 speeds are given as ISO numbers, but the 3200 is sold as a multi-speed film.[2] T-MAX 100, due to its very high resolution of 200 lines/mm, is often used when testing the sharpness of lenses.

In early 2002, Kodak replaced their similarly titled Kodak T-MAX Professional Film with Kodak Professional T-MAX Film.[3] There was also a slight change to the packaging. The main difference between the two are in the processing times.[2]

In October 2007, Kodak revised the 400-speed film, giving it the name TMY-2 instead of TMY. In the process Kodak increased the resolution from 125 lines/mm to 200 lines/mm, which is on par with their 100 speed film.[2]

The 3200 speed is actually nominally 800 to 1000 speed,[4] but it is meant to be push-processed[5] and the DX CAS code on the 135 film cartridges is set to 3200 speed.[6] It has uses in surveillance and other work where it can be given a pushed exposure index between 1600 and 25000.[2][3] It is also used in X-ray cameras in high-neutron environments where CCDs are unviable due to noise induced by neutron impacts, such as the National Ignition Facility.[7]

On October 1, 2012, Kodak announced the discontinuation of Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 film due to the high expense of manufacturing it for only a limited user demand.[8] On February 23, 2018, Kodak announced the return of the film for March 2018.[9][10]

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  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1987/05/24/nyregion/camera-in-praise-of-black-and-white-prints.html
  2. ^ a b c d e "Technical Data F-4016" (PDF). Kodak Professional T-MAX Films. Eastman Kodak. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  3. ^ a b "Technical Data F-32" (PDF). Kodak T-MAX Professional Films. Eastman Kodak. March 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  4. ^ "Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 Black & White Negative Film – Technical Data" (PDF). kodakalaris.com. Kodak Alaris. March 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kodak: No, Kodak TMax P3200 Isn't an ISO 3200 Film". The Phoblographer. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  6. ^ "P3200 FAQs" (PDF). Kodak Alaris. 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "A hardened gated x-ray imaging diagnostic for inertial confinement fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility". October 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  8. ^ "Kodak Professional T-MAX p3200 Product Page". Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  9. ^ https://fstoppers.com/film/kodak-bring-back-t-max-p3200-high-speed-film-can-push-iso-25000-224986
  10. ^ https://emulsive.org/articles/news/announcing-the-return-of-kodak-t-max-p3200

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