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In Reply to: RE: contrasts posted by stan2 on July 07, 2017 at 09:52:09
When I shot T-Max, the ISO100 (TMX) version was as near grain free as I could imagine. Even using a 40x focus magnifier, I could see NO grain.
The ISO400 (TMY) version was pretty good while what is known as TMZ could basically be shot at ANY ISO from about 800 to 12000 or so. I did some survevlance style photogrphy at ISO 6400 using an F2.8 telephoto all the way open.
I liked it MUCH better than Tri-X at any ISO, though I shot Tri=X @ISO500 after test.
That IS a good shot and if you have a large enough file should be entered somewhere.
Too much is never enough
yeah.. I used several of those when I was just learning film and cameras in late '70s. I shot mostly color but occasionally some b/w. Film chemistry no doubt improved over the years to produce finer and finer grain crystals that had better reaction times to light, etc. I was mostly just shooting vacation and family pix and just kinda bounced around with different films for fun. Didn't really learn any one of them enough to know them well. ISO was probably the main thing I paid attention to. I mean ASA. haha. But I went back to see what film filters come on that NIK software. There are 18 different b/w 'film', including TMAX 100, 400 and 3200. It's a nice software for b/w editing, especially in the hands of someone other than me who knows how to use it well. Google bought the company not long ago and I think I've read that they stopped supporting it now, so adios Silver efex pro before long. I bought it for $80 or so a couple years ago, just before Google bought NIK and gave the software away free. I was surprised and impressed that I got a full refund a month or more after the fact.
One TMax note:
Kodak made (makes?) a dedicated Developer for that line of films. Can't use Dektol or Acufine or anything else, as near as I knew. (a little reseacrch shows that to be in error)
That's changed. Some report good results with HC-110 and other developers. The Tmax developer is used by some on OTHER films, some non-Kodak stuff, too.
Apparently whether you SCAN or ENLARGE will make a difference in workflow.
The TMZ stuff was called '3200', but could be pushed quite a bit higher, maybe 3 stops? And it could be 'pulled', too, to a lower sensitivity.
Check out Lightroom, the current standard for more serious photographers. Aftermarket guys just MIGHT make some plug-ins which do what you want.
In Photoshop, you have LOTS of choices under 'filters', Texture, Noise and Pixelate would be the first 3 which might be of interest to you. I suspect you could simulate any technique you chose, with a little fooling around.
Too much is never enough
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