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5.0 out of 5 stars Grain is essential to your diet., October 9, 2012
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This review is from: Kodak P3200 TMAX Professional ISO 3200, 35mm, 36 Exposures, Black and White Film (Electronics)
Lemme start with this: TMAX 3200 is an acquired taste.

And I happen to really like it. For a long time, it was the only way to shoot at 3200 and beyond.

It's not so great pushed beyond 3200. But inside that, there are magical things that can happen. I have some of my most cherished shots in dark places and of dimly lit rock stars from college on this film. In the 90's, there was no such thing as a D3, and this was really the only way to shoot without a flash in extremely low light. Color films were never this sensitive.

Pros:
It's made to be shot at 3200
Least grain on any film at 3200
The grain that's there is pleasant.
It's B&W
Despite the labels, load it in broad daylight. Go ahead. It won't hurt.

Cons:
Looks best with TMax developer. If you're not shooting the other TMax speeds, you might not have any. (other developers claim to leave finer grain--I didn't like the look)
"Least grain on any film at 3200" is still hella grainy. But it's "Tmax grain", and I think it's charming.
It's only B&W
Not a ton of latitude for over/under exposure. Over and under exposure still gives you usable results, but it will change the "look".

Against the suggestions of my teachers, I used to make 16"x20" (well, really 13x20) prints from this film.

TMZ has a lot of character. There's nothing else like it. This can be a challenge if you're accustomed to "pre-visualization" with films/sensors that render realistically, but with experience, this is a very powerful tool.

There are reports that this is to be discontinued. Get it while you can and keep it in your fridge!
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