Kodak Tri-X 400

After having used Fuji Neopan 400 whenever I wanted to use a fast film , I am now looking to replace it with a film of similar quality now that manufacturing was ceased by Fuji. I have used Ilford HP5+ before with decent results but I was hoping to find something less grainy. Of course, everybody has been raving about Kodak Tri-X 400 for decennia but I haven’t used it for a long time and, more importantly, have never developed it myself. So last week I bought a five pack of Tri-X and took it to the test this weekend.

Kodak Tri-X 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.Kodak Tri-X 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.

Developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes.

Although the grain is noticeable less than what I got with Ilford HP5+, the resulting image is more contrasty than I would like to see, especially as it was a very dreary day which should have resulted in pretty flat negatives.

Kodak Tri-X 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.Kodak Tri-X 400 at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.

Developed in HC-110 dilution E for 6.5 minutes.

There is very little detail in the shadows. It looks like I need to pull this film a bit to reduce contrast or develop it for a shorter period. Having developed this film in HC-110 Dilution E, I probably need to go to Dilution H to better control the time.

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