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Subject: [Leica] IMG: New TMax400 film evaluation.
From: len-1 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Fri Feb 15 20:57:16 2008
References: <> <096d01c87056$b3bcc390$0200a8c0@robertbxucevjs>

I've got to see what Kodak claims for the new film. I don't have a  
problem with the new film because 8 1/2 X 11 prints pretty much look  
the same. I'm just surprised at the comparison.


On Feb 15, 2008, at 11:45 PM, Robert Meier wrote:

> Very interesting comparison, Len.   And rather surprising.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Leonard Taupier"  
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> Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 10:38 PM
> Subject: [Leica] IMG: New TMax400 film evaluation.
>> I finally was able to get a few rolls of the new Kodak Tmax400  
>> film  to compare to the older film. Except for the new box, the  
>> new film  has a black backing instead of the pink/beige backing of  
>> the older  film. After developing the negatives look the same.
>> I ran my test using two camera bodies and one lens. I loaded my  
>> M6  with the old film and my M7 with the newer film. I shot the  
>> same  photos with each body and transferred the lens between  
>> bodies for  each shot. The lens was a 50mm Summilux Asph. Each of  
>> the duplicate  photos from each body was exposed exactly the  
>> same.  The lens  aperture was between f5.6 and f11 for most of the  
>> photos. Most of the  photos were taken outdoors on an overcast day.
>> Both films were developed in Xtol 1+1 for 8 3/4 minutes at 68 F.   
>> Agitation in the developer is constant for the first 30 seconds  
>> and  then 5 seconds every 30 seconds. The negatives were scanned  
>> with a  Nikon Coolscan 9000. Except for cropping there was no post  
>> processing  at all. What you see is how they came out of the scanner.
>> You can see some photos here. There are crops of the full frames.
>> <>
>> My impression is the new film is nearly identical to the old  
>> film.  Actually the old film has very slightly higher contrast  
>> and  resolution. The test charts represent a resolution of 72-80  
>> lpmm for  the old film and 64-72 lpmm for the new film.  Both  
>> films are  excellent though.
>> Len
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In reply to: Message from len-1 at (Leonard Taupier) ([Leica] IMG: New TMax400 film evaluation.)
Message from robertmeier at (Robert Meier) ([Leica] IMG: New TMax400 film evaluation.)