HP5 vs. Tri-x

Discussion in 'Film Discussion and Q & A' started by loser101, May 28, 2007.

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Which one?

  1. HP5

    9 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Tri-x

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. other

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  1. loser101

    loser101 TPF Noob!

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    What do you guys prefer? I done like 10 rolls of tri-x and like 3 of HP5 and i gotta say i'm happier with how hp5 comes out, the blacks seem better and i get constant results.
     
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    I've shot Tri-X and liked it well enough, have never done my own printing from it. It has a nice, well-defined and varied range of tone. Have not shot HP5, but have very much liked the results I've had from Ilford Delta 400. Probably my preference for 400 b&w, though recently I bought 2 rolls of Tri-X and 2 rolls of Plus-X, just to revisit the formulas and see how I like them after a few years away.
     
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    newrmdmike TPF Noob!

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    i voted hp5, but i really really like fp4.
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i am not a guy, but i have used both for many years,

    each has it's own "look". tri's grain pattern is much different than hp5+ and depending on the subject matter each has it's place.

    when you say the black's are better; are you doing your own printing?

    What EI are you using for each type of filmand what developer.
     
  5. Don Simon

    Don Simon TPF Noob!

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    I tend to stick with Ilford or Fuji, occasionally Agfa if I can get it. HP5 was definitely one of my favourites when I had darkroom access, but when handling film digitally I find it doesn't scan as well as many films.
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    i've used both and i must say, if hp5 had the traits of a human, i'd marry it.

    normally loaded, i shoot it 320ei developed in pmk pyro. yummy negs.

    it tolerates a great deal of pushing as well. i pushed it to just over 1200 with, to my surprise, great results.
     
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    yap, gotta go with the flow. i find HP5 more predictable and more pleasing to the eye than TRI-x, altough the tri-x can be more contrasty, lending itself to interesting effects.
    for general photography i'd take hp5 over trix any day, but i keep some of both in my bag.
     
  8. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I've really enjoyed Trixie--very easy to use. HP5 was ok (I used a few rolls that I got free with some Ilford paper once) but I prefer the Kodak.
     
  9. Mitica100

    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Gotta go with Ilford. :)
     
  10. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I use both, and I'd bet $1,000,000 that no one on this forum, or most anywhere else, could tell which is which from my prints short of guessing, or prints where the borders shows the manufacturers' writing.
     
  11. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    TX's beauty really comes out in printing. But I still voted "other."
     
  12. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I guess this is a strange poll--my only criteria for prefering Tri-X over HP5 is that I think it's easier to work with and it's (or was) less money than the Ilford.
     

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