The Demise Of Kodak TMAX P3200
Film has not quite expired in today's digital world of photography. You can still buy both slide and print flm from Kodak, Illford, Fuji, Agfa and from a few third party producers that still seem to be left standing in Eastern Europe and China. The rise of Lomographic cameras, the continued teaching of analog photography classes at the high school level, and the continued desire of many photographers to shoot film, has kept the the manufacturers of this bygone era alive and well. Obviously the use of film has declined significantly, about just as much as trying to find a local drug store that developed and issued pirnts from negatives have. Film is not on its last legs, it seems to have a bit of a resurgence in attracting photographers to try something different. If you have ever shot film, you do appreciate its nuances, especially if you still like to develop your own film in a dark room. Film provides some kind of mojo that digital still doesn't quite match, but that's just my opinion. I'm sure there are many out there that would disagree with me on this one. Which now brings me to the demise of Kodak's TMAX P3200 film. TMAX is a high ISO black and white film that analog photographers would use in low light situations. It was our way of bumping up the ISO when we decided to shoot in low light situations. The grain of this product is quite different from film with lower ASA ratings like Kodak Tri-X or Illford HP5. Kodak discontinued the manufacture of TMAX due to declining demand in 2012. Every film manufacture has discontinued one film or another due to declining demand, but there are still a few variations of color and black and white film speeds out there. When Kodak announced they were discontinuing TMAX, I ended up buying a brick of this film. It sat on my shelf for a while, I did not put it in the refrigerator like I should have, but I'm beginning to use it up, and am getting a 70's flash back from when I used to shoot this film when I was in high school and college. I forgot just how grainy it was, but I do like the grit of the images I'm getting from it. Now, when ever I get the chance to shoot something at night, I grab a film camera along with my digital gear to shoot some pix using this film. Needless to say, I'm having some kind of fun with this film again. Too bad when it's gone it's gone.