It’s back, folks. Nearly five and a half years after being discontinued, Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 (TMZ) is back initially in 35mm / 36 exposure rolls. To make things even better, the film will be available for purchase starting in March 2018.
As ShootFilmCo’s Mike Padua wrote just a few hours ago (at the time of publishing), Kodak Alaris’ Professional Film social media accounts began a week-long series of posts and tweets teasing a new film on Feb 19. Photographers naturally went crazy, suggesting everything from the return of EKTACHROME 400, Kodachrome and/or Ektar 1000, to a speculating on a VISION4 film stock and of course, P3200.
Backstory over, let’s go over the announcement word-for-word from Kodak Alaris’ press release:
Kodak Alaris Revives KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film / TMZ
Multi-Speed B&W Film to be Available in March, 2018
ROCHESTER, N.Y. February 23, 2018 – Kodak Alaris announced today that it is bringing back KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film / TMZ, a multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. While the nominal film speed of P3200 TMZ is ISO 800, the “P” means it’s designed to be push processed to EI 3200 or higher. This film excels when shooting in low light or when capturing fast action. It is ideally suited for handheld street scene photography, night work, and in dimly lit venues where you can’t use flash.
“It’s no secret that we’ve been looking for opportunities to expand our portfolio” said Dennis Olbrich, President – Kodak Alaris Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. “Darkroom photography is making a comeback, and B&W Film sales are clearly on a positive trajectory. Given these very encouraging market trends, we believe P3200 TMZ will be a great addition to our lineup”.
Kodak Alaris plans to offer KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film in 135-36x format. Shipments to Distributors and Stockhouse dealers will begin in March in the U.S., with other regions around the world following shortly thereafter.
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I would have loved to have seen a new, fast colour film stock hit the shelves but the return of T-MAX P3200 is enough to tide me over until that (eventually?) happens. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a few rolls as soon as I possibly can, so stay tuned for a review as soon as I can crank one out!
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