Kodak T-MAX

Maker Kodak
Speed 100/21°, 400/27°, 3200/36°
Type B&W print
Process Gelatin-silver
Format 35 mm, 120
Application General, surveillance, art photography

Kodak Professional T-MAX Film is a continuous tone, panchromatic, tabular-grain black and white negative film made by Eastman Kodak.[1] It is sold in two speeds: 100 (TMX) and 400 (TMY-2). Kodak also sold an 3200 speed film (TMZ). The 100 and 400 speeds are given as ISO numbers, but the 3200 were sold as a multi-speed film.[1] T-MAX 100, due to its very high resolution of 200 lines/mm, is often used when testing the sharpness of lenses.

In early 2002, Kodak replaced their similarly titled Kodak T-MAX Professional Film with Kodak Professional T-MAX Film.[2] There was also a slight change to the packaging. The main difference between the two are in the processing times.[1]

In October 2007, Kodak revised the 400-speed film, giving it the name TMY-2 instead of TMY. In the process Kodak increased the resolution from 125 lines/mm to 200 lines/mm, which is on par with their 100 speed film.[1]

The 3200 speed is actually nominally 800 speed. It has uses in surveillance and other work where it can be given a pushed exposure index between 1600 and 25000.[1][2] It is also used in X-ray cameras in high-neutron environments where CCDs are unviable due to noise induced by neutron impacts, such as the National Ignition Facility.[3]

On October 1, 2012, Kodak announced the discontinuation of Kodak Professional T-MAX p3200 film due to the high expense of manufacturing it for only a limited user demand.[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Technical Data F-4016" (PDF). Kodak Professional T-MAX Films. Eastman Kodak. October 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  2. 1 2 "Technical Data F-32" (PDF). Kodak T-MAX Professional Films. Eastman Kodak. March 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
  3. "A hardened gated x-ray imaging diagnostic for inertial confinement fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility". October 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  4. "Kodak Professional T-MAX p3200 Product Page". Archived from the original on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

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