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Subject: [Leica] Re: Some new TMAX photos taken with the M7
From: Henning Wulff <>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 16:08:56 -0700
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At 2:01 PM -0700 5/15/02, Jim Brick wrote:
>At 11:19 PM 5/15/2002 +0800, RT wrote:
>>L some new pictures taken
>>two weeks ago, all shot with the M7 and Tri-Elmar mostly. I had some time
>>off in Hong KOng while I was there for work, and I was trying out Tmax with
>>Rodinal. Hope you will like it.
>>Thanks and Rgds
>>main page is
>Is it just my imagination, or does TMax record no shadow detail? 
>Your other photographs on other films have a great dynamic range. 
>These TMax photos seem to be missing all shadow detail. It just goes 
>black. It's like the HD curve was nearly vertical with the DMax 
>portion starting half way down.
>Good photographs... yes.
>Really Sharp.............. yes.
>Full scale......... no.

That's the main problem with TMax, and to a lesser extent, Delta. 
They have no real toe; it just drops off the deep end. Similarly, 
they don't have a shoulder like other films; once you overexpose, the 
information is gone. This is a slight exaggeration, but neither the 
toe nor the shoulder of these films have the gentle roll-off that 
similar portions of the Tri-X or HP5 curves do.

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