Kodak Discontinues T-Max P3200 Film
Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 film citing low demand for the decision. Kodak published a statement on their website stating, “Due to low sales volumes, Kodak is ending production of Kodak Professional T-Max P3200 Film. The demand for ultra high-speed black-and-white film has declined significantly, and it is no longer practical to coat such a small volume of product.”
As Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 film it marks the latest in a series of discontinued film, namely the Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 films, as well as Kodachrome in 2012.
With the wrapping up of production of T-Max P3200, Kodak suggests that photographers switch to T-Max 400 film, dubbed TMY-2. Kodak states, “The latitude of TMY-2 allows it to handle one stop of underexposure (EI 800) without being pushed. In low light situations, TMT-2 delivers very good results when exposed at EI 1600 with increased development time.”
Kodak adds: “Even though P3200 is approximately two stops faster than TMY-2 at comparable contrast levels, the extra speed comes with significant grain penalty. In fact, for most applications TMY-2 is actually the better film choice. The exception would be in extremely low light situations where P3200 might be able to pull out some shadow detail that would otherwise be lost in TMY-2.”