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    TMY-2 (new TMAX 400) really is an incredible film

    TMY-2 continues to astound me in what it can do in 35mm - it really is almost as good as Pan F in diluted D-76/ID-11 developer! This is a moderately-sized example to show the complete lack of visible grain, and rendition of fine detail in low-contrast areas:

    Bridge of river Gwaing

    (Olympus OM-3Ti, Zuiko 90mm f/2.0 Macro, TMY-2 400 film)

    For 35mm, I am basically using only this now - with a roll of Ilford Pan F here and there.

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    I like Tmax too, good stuff to push in Xtol. Nice camera and lens setup!

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    It's my go-to film as well. When I use it, I never feel a need to use an ISO 100 film on account of sharpness, grain, or tonality.
    I regularly make 16x20" prints from 35mm TMY-2 and I've had people look at them wondering what film I used with my Hasselblad.
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    Best B&W stuff Kodak has ever made. I love it in pyrocat. What developer are you all using?

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    I'm still shooting my stash of TMY original. It's pretty good, too.
    Jim

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    Like it at EI 800 in TMax Developer. It looks great from EI: 200 - 1600. I probably will shoot more at EI 320-400 once I use up my 150 rolls of Legacy Pro 400.

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    I've been a diehard Tri-X user since high school and I have to admit that TMY-2 is the first film that has been a serious contender to lure me away.

    The grain is astonishingly small for a 400asa film. Basically it's as good as a traditional 100asa stock. Truly amazing.

    Basically I have settled on Tri-X for bright sunny days. The shoulder roll off holds highlights forever and I still think it's one of the best looking film stocks around. There is something about the contrast of TMY-2 in bright sunlight that I don't like. I use Barry Thornton's 2-bath to keep the contrast under control.

    But I prefer the linear nature of TMY-2 for shooting in the dark. I suspect that the linear toe holds shadow detail better than the s-curve of Tri-X. That combined with the finer grain makes it superior for push processing IMO. TMY-2 @ 1250/1600 in XTOL looks really good.

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    I also think that TMY-2 is great. I use the 120 size which is wonderful.

    Jeff

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    It's a great film, indeed!

    But even Tri-X 400 is amazingly low in grain now. I don't see grain in anything less than 8x enlargements, unless I stick my nose in the prints. I think Efke 100 tends to look much more like the classic "Tri-X look" than Tri-X does!

    I tend to use Tri-X, as it is cheap right now as Arista Premiun 400. It is good enough, and I generally prefer the look of traditionally-grained products. However, I use T-Max 400 for pushing in very flat and low light, and when I need to minimize grain when shooting a 400 film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c6h6o3 View Post
    I'm still shooting my stash of TMY original. It's pretty good, too.
    Ditto. It will be a couple years before I get to my TMY-2 stash
    John Bowen

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