22 February 2007

Tri-X - anything else needed...?


Dateline 1940: “The fastest film in the world is the new Tri-X, with
twice the speed of Super-XX.” If you want the numbers, the British
Journal of Photography Almanac for 1940 (actually written in 1939)
reckoned it was 7000 H&D.


Tri-X processed in ID11 plus

Sometimes I am contemplating if any other film than Tri-X is needed?
The
classic which was introduced as early as 1939-40 as sheet film,
and 1954 as
roll film 135 and 120 formats. The most recent version
packs a few years and it
is my impression that the grain has become
even more appealing, and that
tonality has improved. Tri-X is fantastic.
It stretches the tonal curve in
shadows like no other film.

Tri-X precessed in X-tol

Tri-X and D-76 is a well proven combination of
film/developer, but now I have
begun using X-tol which works equally well, and
in addition is less hazardous
to the environment. If however you want the
smallest grain and maximum
resolution, it can be a good idea to make your own
D76, and in this case
replace the metolen with fenidon, with the strength of 0,3
g/liter.

This will give you Ilfords late ID11 plus, which has been
discontinued.
D76 and ID11 are known to be basically the same developers, only Ilford
made a
special version named ID11 plus. More expensive, but by what I can
see from my
Tri-X negatives from this time, it renders a clearly finer grain
and a
delightful tone/resloution of detail. With this developer the following
question is brought to life:

Is there any need for more than Tri-X?
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Pictures and text by Nils Bergqvist who kindly translated his article to English.
See the original text (in Swedish) here. -urbano

4 comments:

F said...

Really nice to see you here Nils! And I really hope that you will continue to write stuff here.

Very intresting!

/christofer

urbano said...

there is one simple answer to your question: No.
-urbano

Nils Bergqvist said...

If you like to see larger picture files for study of grain etc, go to my swedish version of the article.
/Nils.

Örjan said...

Nope.
Still loves it