Film News: The triumphant return of Kodak T-Max 3200

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Film News: The triumphant return of Kodak T-Max 3200
After a week of teasing people on Twitter and going for the viral win, Kodak has finally dropped the bombshell, and it is a lovely grainy bombshell in the shape of T-Max 3200. Happy days.

Back when I was a struggling student in the home counties, I used to shoot my friends bands. It seemed like everyone was in a band that was a clone of either Nirvana/Radiohead/Oasis/Pearl Jam and all of them wanted moody shots for the album cover that was almost never actually finished.
Most of the time there was no money in it, but occasionally some bands would spring for the film (and beer), which is when I would splurge on a roll of T-Max 3200.
You see, T-Max 3200 was brilliant as you could make the band look all gothy and moody for the album cover and still have half a roll that could be shot at a gig or in a poorly lit bedroom studio.

Johnny Guitar Watson – by Thomas Halfmann

That was what was cool about T-Max 3200, it was versatile. It was easily shot at 800 and could even be taken as far as 25,000 for those sugar cube sized grain images that were the rage in zines.
And then it stopped. Kodak went through some changes, and T-Max 3200 was discontinued in 2012. The world lamented and the common theme of ‘the death of film’ was pushed along. And there it should have been the end of the story.

It’s alive!

But fast forward to 2018 and Kodak is a different beast altogether. It is pulling out all the stops, with very successful social media campaigns and sneaky peeks at what they are doing.
And in the last week they have been putting that social media savvy to good use. They started dropping little hints on Twitter that something was up with things like “Do you even push?” and “Film is back in the fast lane.”

There were plenty of people who guessed it correctly, but that didn’t dampen spirits in the slightest. Then today the announced that T-Max 3200 is back. Boom! The film world had a collective mindsplode and yay the rejoicing was great and jolly.

This is wonderful news, not just because there is another film to choose from, but for the overall morale of the film community. This is proof that film is not going anywhere.
If Kodak are prepared to pony up T-Max 3200 out of the blue then you can bet your grandmothers teeth they have got some other tricks up their sleeve. Ektachrome is slated for this year, and supposedly the T-max 3200 will be hitting the shelves in summer of this year. I wonder what else they have tucked away in that absolutely massive portfolio of emulsions (please be Aerochrome please be Aerochrome).

What do you think of Kodak’s choice? And what would you like to shout at them to make next?

JCH

16 comments on “Film News: The triumphant return of Kodak T-Max 3200”

    Ed February 24, 2018 at 6:40 am / Reply

    I’m still waiting for Ektachrome that was due out November 2017…

    eric d February 24, 2018 at 10:48 am / Reply

    Not impressed, let them bring back kodachrome and then we’ll talk

    c.d.embrey February 24, 2018 at 11:07 am / Reply

    A per-announcement of vaporware. Will this cause enough excitement and pre-orders to make Kodak to actually produce P3200? Here’s hoping.

    I’d like to see BW400CN return, but that ain’t gonna happen.

    David Young February 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm / Reply

    I hope they will bring it back.

    Alex_M_V February 25, 2018 at 3:29 am / Reply

    ^haters gonna hate.

    Dan Castelli February 25, 2018 at 6:22 am / Reply

    I am waiting for my hair to grow back and Neopan 1600 to reappear. Chances of either happening are zero to none.
    Just one film…not the whole catalog.

    William Kazak February 25, 2018 at 10:41 am / Reply

    Looking forward to P3200. I like t-Max films. I know how grainy this film can be but sometimes 3200 is necessary.

    Wolfington.Photography February 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm / Reply

    Excellent! I hope they pull it off and release it.

    Thomas E February 25, 2018 at 7:53 pm / Reply

    Totally agree! It’s good news and you underlined the important event with a well-written article!

    Max Heimann February 25, 2018 at 11:28 pm / Reply

    Good news. Fingers crossed for some Aerochrome and I will crush my piggy bank.

    Lukasz Kalinowski February 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm / Reply

    That is wonderful news! It fills me with joy and real hope about the future.

    Took them just a couple of years to turn around from the road to hell. Now imagine what a few more could bring us again. Trying out Aerochrome… that would be something.

    Good things come to those who wait? Ha Ha !

    Jon Herr February 27, 2018 at 8:05 pm / Reply

    Stoked that new films are coming back, especially ones that were before my time. But I’d love to see another option for a C41 B&W film. Never learned how to develop myself, and no one locally will touch B&W, so XP2 has been my only option really

    Brent March 1, 2018 at 7:09 am / Reply

    @ Jon, give it a go mate. I was in the same boat as you for so long but now that I develop my own I have a whole world of film options. It’s so, so easy, and the initial investment is quite minimal. For me, it was like dreading riding a bicycle, then finally hopping on one and going ‘Wheeeeeee, this is awesome!’

    Very excited about this film coming back. I do hope that Kodak delivers on its promises – they’ve made a few empty ones in the past. I support them exclusively these days for colour film, because unlike Fuji, they actually appear to be interested. Don’t let us down, Kodak!

    The Resurrected Camera March 1, 2018 at 8:40 pm / Reply

    I think it’s great news! When I hear of films coming back from the dead, I’d rather see something a bit out-of-the-ordinary and T-Max 3200 is definitely that. My top choice would have been Plus-X because I’d love to shoot it in super 8 again as well as 35mm stills, but Aerochrome would be nice too! And also Tech Pan while we’re making wishes.

    Gary Hooper March 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm / Reply

    To those still lamenting the loss of Kodachrome, please be grateful that film is being reintroduced. It shows that our hobby is on the rebound and gaining health and that at least one company is interested in our commerce
    Thank you Kodak!

    Russ Rosener March 22, 2018 at 11:59 am / Reply

    It’s Alive and Shipping! Can’t wait to shoot this incredible, expressive emulsion again after 6 plus years.
    Got 4 rolls on the way and can’t wait. Try it in daylight with a red filter for quasi-infrared effects.

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