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Thread: Plus-X vs Tri-X

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    If I could only shoot one film it would be Tri-X. IMO it truly is the best b/w film made and has been for a very long time.
    Tri-X has an almost perfect balance of tonality, grain and speed. It does pretty much anything and depending on how you process it can have several different looks.

    Plus-X is similar to Tri-X, but of course finer grained. It has a similar feel, probably because both emulsions have been around for a few decades (with a few revisions). Grain is very good and the tonality is excellent. Plus-X is very nice for portrait work.

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    Plus-X is often called Tri-X's little brother. I suppose that's true enough. Both are fine films and most of the difference is in the speed of the two films, although grain does play a part.

    Freestyle in L.A. sells their Arista Premium brand which is Plus-X and Tri-X in a different wrapper. The cost is very low.

    Get yourself an extra 35 body and shoot both, one film in each. You'll like both of these films.

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    If the camera going to be handheld then I will go got Tri-X. If you going to use a tripod than use Plus-X. At least that's what I'll do!

    Jeff

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    Buy both and use what is appropriate to the ambient lighting conditions.

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    In 120, I find that Plus-X is a good film to use with HC-110, because it tends to have rather brilliant highlights. Tri-X is much more about good midtones, which is what you want for most situations, especially with people. If you look at each film's characteristic curve, you will see that they differ a bit.

    For landscape, Plus-X can be very interesting. But I can never manage to get it to my taste in 35mm--I haven't worked out a proper EI/dev time to avoid blown highlights (lazy, I know). So I stick to Tri-X in 35mm, because it suits my 35mm style more, and I use Plus-X in 120 because it suits my MF style more...
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