Old Tri-X vs New-The Look

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    I have been doing darkroom work for a little over a year now (after a 35 year hiatus). Except for a little store processed XP-2 I have been using Delta 400 (35mm) in D-76 exclusively and have been satisfied with the results.

    I printed two old Tri-X 35mm negatives developed 35 years ago recently and loved the look. Just something about it I really liked. I was wondering apart from the recent film base change has Tri-X retained the same look or has it evolved through the years?
     
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    Honestly

    I cannot tell the difference between the old and the new when printed. Some have said that the new is finer grained, but I doubt it.
     
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    I'm not giong to tell you I'm an expert, but I've used Tri-X for a long time (not just years...decades) and I can't tell the diff in the old and the new as far as prints go. Seems to take longer to fix than it used to, though. I'll continue to use it 'til I die. (20-30 years, maybe?).
     
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    I've used TriX for nearly 30 years and can see no significant difference. The only change is likley to be as a result of using different types of developer.
     
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    I haven't noticed any difference in 120 TX-400 developed normally, for me, in D76 1:1. I have an unopened box of TXP 4x5. When I get ambulatory again - able to tote the LF + tripod - I'll give it a shot and maybe report.
     
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    What about TMAX 400?

    As we are on it: Did anyone see a difference between TMAX-400 old vs. new?

    best

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    Sounds like the new Tri-X is the same as the old stuff. Since I have been using the Delta 400 exclusively as it was suggested to get to know one film/developer and it is good advice it is time to try something new. So off to the photo store I go. But I think I'll stick to the D-76 1+1.
     
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    I found it on sale the other day and bought a couple of rolls.
    It looked nice in Rodinal 1+50 for my taste (I usually don't care for grain, as it's part of the film)

    Nice details in shadows, and nice tonality. As seen Here
    and a detail here
     
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    I recently ordered film from my mail order dealer and bought five test rolls 400TX. Usually I use Delta 400. I developed the 400TX in DS-10 1+1 in my ATL and found it excellent... very nice skin tones, excellent sharpness and only a little larger grain compared to Delta 400. The portraits have "bite" and show nice edge effects.

    If I ever have to replace Delta 400, this will be the successor.

    Martin
     
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    Only difference I've noticed is a pink tint when using Ilford Fixer that never happened with the old tri-x for me.