For decades, the world’s greatest photographers have trusted Kodak’s black-and-white films to help them achieve the best of their artistic visions. Today Eastman Kodak Company enhances its black-and-white professional film portfolio with the introduction of an improved Kodak Professional T-Max 400 Film.
The new film, utilising Kodak’s patented T-GRAIN emulsions, delivers finer grain and higher sharpness. T-MAX 400 now stands alone as the world’s sharpest and finest-grained 400-speed black-and-white film, offering photographers a level of clarity normally only available from a 100-speed film. T-GRAIN emulsions, first introduced 25 years ago, remain the gold standard in the photographic industry.
“The new T-MAX 400 film provides a grain structure that is superior to anything I’ve seen in a 400-speed film,” said noted photographer and master print maker John Sexton. “That, combined with Kodak’s legendary quality control and consistency, makes this film a most valuable tool.”
In a recent survey conducted by Kodak, professional photographers cited the benefits of black-and-white film. Although professional photographers acknowledge that digital cameras offer certain benefits, they said that film better captures certain images, particularly black-and-white photos. The majority (80 percent) of photographers produce black-and-white images and, to capture these, almost half (45 percent) prefer to use film. More than half of the photographers surveyed (55 percent) said they prefer the results that film capture provides over digital. The ability to capture incredible detail (53%), to create a traditional photographic look (46%) and to capture shadow (42%) were cited as the top reasons for preferring the results provided by traditional film capture.
The new T-MAX 400 complements Kodak’s full range of black-and-white films, which professional photographers use to convey power, subtlety, mystery or reality in their work and achieve a distinctive look. In addition to T-MAX 400, the portfolio includes:
- T-MAX 100: The world’s finest-grained, 100-speed black-and-white film allows an extremely high level of enlargement and delivers maximum image quality when shooting fine detail
- TRI-X: The beloved film, an industry favourite for more than 50 years, offers a distinctive grain structure, coupled with a wide exposure latitude to leverage even the most challenging lighting situations.
- BW400CN: The finest-grained chromogenic film in the world, processed in C-41 chemistry, delivers black-and-white prints on colour paper with smooth neutral tones and amazing highlight and shadow detail – even when enlarged.
- PLUS-X 125: A classic general-purpose film for outdoor or studio photography.
- T-MAX P3200: The first ultra-high speed B&W film.
“When you look at the images captured over the past 50 years by photographers using our film, you see an honesty that only black-and-white film conveys,” said Mary Jane Hellyar, president, Film Capture Group and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. “Our commitment to the film category, and in particular, black-and-white film, stems from our desire to enable photographers, both now and in the future, to capture this truth.”