Tri-X real Black and Purple film

Sick and tired of this crappy tint. No matter what you do to Kodak Tri-X, it always comes out purple looking. HP5+, Foma, Neopan you name it, all come out nice and clear.

 Besides not being purple, look at how flat HP5 dries. This Tri-X spent a week in Magnum contact sheets, too.

Besides not being purple, look at how flat HP5 dries. This Tri-X spent a week in Magnum contact sheets, too.

Apparently it doesn't affect printing or scanning at all. I don't know what bothers me about it but I absolutely can't stand it. There are numerous threads on all kinds of online forums about this. The purple is a bi-product of Kodak consolidating production lines people say. It's also supposed to have something to do with sharpness and the anti-halation layer. This may all well be true, but when I shoot HP5, which comes out clear, I don't have any halation issues. 

My favorite B&W photos were shot on it. Tri-x grain is just right, not too coarse, not too fine. Just right. The tonality is amazing and the film is really usable from 200 - 1600 ISO. At least that's what I shoot it at. I just can't stand looking at the purple film coming out of my tank. HP5 has many of Tri-X' good properties. I shot it from 200 - 1600 ISO and I like the results. I've developed it in the same chemicals I develop Tri-X in and the results are great. In addition to basically giving me the same results as Tri-X it comes out clear and dries flat. It's super easy to handle once developed. 

Plus-X, basically the same film type as Tri-X but slower, was never transferred to the new production lines. It's proof that Kodak can make non-purple film, lol. They discontinued this probably just around the time Tri-X turned purple. If you take a look at the picture below you can see that it was a real black and white film, not a black and purple film like the new Tri-X.

 So Plus-X they were able to make in B & W ... why not Tri-X ?

So Plus-X they were able to make in B & W ... why not Tri-X ?

I'd love to support Kodak more, but if there's a better film at basically the same price, why should I not shoot it?

For the time being I have 4 more rolls of Tri-X and a bunch of expired Neopan 400 to go through. If I still feel the same about HP5 when those rolls are gone I might just order a 10-pack of that next. 

 and just for fun, this is Neopan 400 expired in 2006. Even that is nice and grey! 

and just for fun, this is Neopan 400 expired in 2006. Even that is nice and grey!