Still lifes on Kodak T-Max P3200

I’ve been experimenting with Kodak’s ultra-fast T-Max P3200 black-and-white film. I know it’s great for handheld night shots (here are some), and I’ve had some luck using it for candid family photos indoors. But does it work as a general-purpose film? I mounted my 50mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor macro lens to my Nikon FA, screwed it onto a tripod, and photographed some household objects on a table. I developed these in HC-110, Dilution B.

60 Chev model
Olympus Trip 35

The P3200’s heavy grain creates a certain creaminess to these images, and it’s an interesting look. I’m glad I tried it. But I think I prefer a smoother look. Because I had the Nikon FA on a tripod, I could have used a much slower film and accepted the slower shutter speeds I would have gotten.

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8 responses to “Still lifes on Kodak T-Max P3200”

  1. Marc Beebe Avatar

    Not unexpected results: high-speed film inevitably yields increased grain and lowered contrast. At least film photographers accept this. Digital photographers seem obsessed with the idea it should be possible to take pictures in the dark. ;)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It is a nice feature of digital photography, especially with modern cameras, to be able to shoot in virtually any light!

  2. bodegabayf2 Avatar

    I have tried this film several times over the years and we just don’t dance well together.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have loved it when shooting night city photos, but otherwise not so much. I’m off to Chicago again soon. I hope I have a pocketable film camera that can go to 3200, because if I do, I’ll load P3200.

  3. Pete Avatar

    I have used this film once and I was very disappointed with it but, admittedly, I went at it like a bull at a gate without much thought. Your results are way more successful than mine by many degrees. Having seen yours, maybe I’ll try it again with more thought.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      “Like a bull at a gate without much thought.” That describes how I approach most photographic endeavors!

  4. Khürt Williams Avatar

    While the images from high ISO captures on my Fuji X-T3 are very clean and usable up to ISO 6400, I am disappointed by my photographs from any 35mm film with ISO higher than 400.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I actually like the look of HP5+ at 1600. Grainy but well managed and pleasing.

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