Kodak Pulls the Plug on T-MAX P3200

Kodak may be planning to sell its film division, but for the time being the business is still under the company’s control. The company announced yesterday that T-MAX P3200 is the latest in its lineup to be discontinued, citing the plummeting demand for ultra-high speed black-and-white film.

Kodak T-MAX 3200 was a popular film choice for dimly lit environments

The company recommends T-MAX 400 (also known as TMY-2) as the most suitable alternative:

The latitude of TMY-2 allows it to handle one stop of underexposure (EI 800) without being pushed. In low light situations, TMY-2 delivers very good results when exposed at EI 1600 with increased development time.

Even though P3200 is approx 2 stops faster than TMY-2 at comparable contrast levels, that extra speed comes with a very significant grain penalty. In fact, for most applications TMY-2 is actually the better film choice. The exception would be extremely low light situations where P3200 might be able to pull out some shadow detail that would otherwise be lost with TMY-2.

Despite what the name suggests, P3200 isn’t an ISO 3200 film, but rather an ISO 800-1000 film that’s designed to be push processed to 3200 or higher. Thus, pushing T-MAX 400 as an alternative isn’t a ridiculous suggestion.

A digital T-MAX 3200 emulation done using VSCO Film

If T-MAX P3200 holds a special place in your heart, now is the time to fill up your fridge with rolls before it’s gone forever.

(via TOP)

Image credit: DSC05027 by, by Thomas Claveirole

  • Judith

    How many photojournalists still use film? Last roll of Kodak film I used was as a model – to illustrate a story on Kodak’s bankruptcy filing!

  • Ian

    It’s mostly hipsters.

  • Christopher King

    You’re mostly wrong, Ian. Look up Fred Lum and Ian Willms, Judith. There are more out there but not using tmax 3200, let alone 35mm.

  • Daniel Yu Suzuki

    I have so many fond memories using this shooting concerts. :/

  • mrmleduc

    I loved this stuff but …yep, haven’t used it in years.

  • ceebee

    It’s mostly the more intelligent people. And these are a minority, indeed!

  • Steve

    I loved using this film, many years ago. Sad to see it go but I just can’t use film anymore. I’ve tried going back to film but digital is so much more versatile. I used to have to rewind the 3200 ISO film and put in a 100 ISO and then go back to the 3200, remembering to expose the frames with the lens cap on until I go to the unused film. Its so much easier changing ISO with digital and I make less costly mistakes.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Kodak 3200 fills a niche. I pushed Kodak TMAX 3200 two stops to 12800 for a rock concert; 12800 is the highest my late 1970’s camera can go. TMAX 400 can’t be pushed that high.
    This past week, I shot a roll of TMAX 3200 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center. I emailed the museum and their photographer recommends using 3200 in some places. I used 3200 for those must have shots and also shot two rolls of 400 speed film.

  • Kevin

    P3200 can be pushed processed up to 25000, higher than many DSLRs of today. It’s specially formulated to respond well to pushing. T-MAX400 can only go up to 3200, so it isn’t nearly as effective of an alternative.

  • Christopher King

    If you used a Minolta 7 (which is arguably the most technologically advanced SLR invented), you can rewind mid roll, write down what frame you stopped at and reload to that exact frame. I can’t remember if the Minolta 9 offered that as well.

  • Richard Ford

    The Ilford Delta 3200 looks so much better – especially in 135. In 120 it is insanely cool as =the= black and white to use for edgy shots.

  • Don Duff

    As a non-hipster (comment to ian, below) I am back to shooting film in addition to my DSLRs, but i have to admit i am shooting more at the low ISO end of the spectrum and have never tried tmax3200. Ralph, are you suggesting that ilford delta 3200 is not a direct replacement? Not wanting to start a kodak/ilford flame war (especially, ironically on a site with a more digital focus, haha) but I am interested if I need to grab some for my fridge…

  • sierrarobba

    Ehhhhh.Today iso 3200 its not a big deal.My 600D Beat this in color iso 3200.And 5D II usesrs also.Yes I know 4×5 cameras are exist and etc but Ilford Delata 3200 is stay with us.

  • Guest

    Where are you from?

  • KelFitzPhoto

    I used this film to capture my Ireland winter landscapes back in the day. It had a beautiful grain structure.

  • Tony Case

    I’m a hipster? Who knew!

  • ceebee

    Yep. Film is for real photographers who print their own stuff – digital is for consumers.

  • Daniel Yu Suzuki