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  • Writer's pictureAndrej Spilevoj

35mm film review: Kodak Tmax 100

My name is Andrew and I am a fine art destination wedding photographer in Italy (Lake Como, Amalfi). Quite often (if not ALWAYS) I shoot film and Kodak Tmax 100 is my favourite one for the weddings and bridal preparation. I know the other photographers prefer Ilford Delta 3200 in medium format. I love it too but it is not always possible for me to carry large medium format camera with me since I travel a lot and sometimes I need to fly several thousands kilometres for a weeding so staying mobile is a very important factor to me. Kodak Tmax is very reliable film with little grain. I have quite many keepers even though sometimes I see quite bad results (mainly due to bad metering or slow shutter speed blur). However the bad is all about me, not the film. The film itself is superb. I love how the grain looks there and the fact it is ISO100 film means I can shoot it at F/2 in bright daylight without hitting maximum shutter speed. On the other hand this is cons when shooting inside. I usually use windows to get some light if I am in the building or simply use my digital cameras and desaturate in post. But "killing" colours is not something I adore doing so instead I use B&W film and Kodak Tmax is one of the best ones that I know. In the past I tried other types of 35mm film and I noticed that ISO400 gives me too much grain for gentle and romantic wedding shots of the bride. So my lab has suggested me to try Kodak Tmax 100 and after my first roll I fell in love with it.

Here you can have a look at the sample of my shots taken in 2019:

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