Kodak Plus-X: The Forgotten Emulsion

Wedged in the Kodak B&W lineup, somewhere between the legendary Tri-X, and the purist’s favorite T-Max, with its much hyped T-Grains, is Plus-X. A 125 ISO medium speed daylight film, this has been around forever, and pretty much is a bright outdoor companion film to Tri-X. Unlike T-Max, it will not exhaust fixer at record pace. It will, like T-Max, and Tri-X, produce gorgeous results. Have one 35mm loaded up with this, and one with Tri-X, and you’re ready for just about anything. To my untrained eye, it is sharp, contrasty, and gorgeous. On a recent Saturday morning, at sunrise just before a downpour, I got out and shot a roll. These were developed in HC-110 @ 8 minutes, agitation the 1st 30 sec, and 2 inversions every 30 thereafter.

Note-I am somewhat late to the party, but have read that this emulsion is no longer available in 120 medium format. In 35, it is now my second favorite “go-to” film, behind Tri-X.

What B&W Film Portfolio Doesn't Have Diner Signs? Thanks, Walker Evans! Ralph's Diner, Worcester, MA

What B&W Film Portfolio Doesn't Have Diner Signs? Thanks, Walker Evans! Ralph's Diner, Worcester, MA

Institute Park, As Seen Near Salisbury Pond, Worcester, MA

Institute Park, As Seen Near Salisbury Pond, Worcester, MA

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One thought on “Kodak Plus-X: The Forgotten Emulsion

  1. With 120 PX gone I fear that the 135 version will follow. It is the forgotten emulsion so Kodak will probably stop stocking it at some point, leaving just T-Max 100 and 400 and Tri-X but we’ll see.

    I shoot a fair amount of Ilford FP4+ which is similar and still available in 120.

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