Oxford: around and about

Written by Nasir Hamid on September 22nd, 2011

All of these images are from the same roll of Kodak TMAX 100 that expired in 2004. I got it as part of a batch of mixed film that I won in an eBay auction. The camera I used was a Mamiya C330f, twin lens reflex which also came from eBay and this was its first outing. The lens that came with it was a 105mm D which is highly regarded so these are test shots to make sure everything was functioning as it should. Due to its age I wouldn’t have been surprised to find not a lot on the film but despite the contrast being quite low, there’s plenty of detail to be had.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f,, 105mm D lens, TMAX100 (expired 2004) film, processed in HC110 developer.




Howard with his Minolta APS camera and expired film.

Street musician

Street musician, Brasenose Lane.


Bollard (bokeh test).

Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera.

Brooks saddle

Brooks saddle.

Old tea sign

Corner of Walton Street and Little Clarendon Street. This is part of a big redevelopment project so I don't know how long this will be there.

Stolen bike sign

Stolen bike sign, Liscious shop window, Walton Street.

Liscious, Walton Street, RIP

Liscious, Walton Street, RIP. Another casualty of the redevelopment project on Walton Street.



6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Tobiah says:

    Always good stuff. I gotta try hc-110. seems to give great tones.

  2. Nasir Hamid says:

    I alternate between HC110 and Rodinal at the moment but with Kodak films I usually use HC110. I’m surprised at how well this film that expired in 2004 turned out 🙂

  3. It’s surprising what excellent image quality the Mamiya TLR’s are capable of — until you remember that they were considered professional-grade cameras probably into the 1970’s.

    I have a C220, which is a simpler and cheaper rig, but which uses the same lenses as the 330. I’m amazed by what it can do.

    I have about the same lens set as you do, Nasir.

  4. Forgot to add: 100TMX looks fantastic in either HC-110 or TMAX developer. Probably better than in anything else. Good, but not as good, in Xtol.

    Have you tried 400TMY in HC-110? I haven’t; wonder how it looks. Tri-X also looks great in it, rated at 200-250.

    Do you get full film speed from 100TMX/HC-110? I usually rate at 64-80.

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Hey Michael,

      To be honest I have never really gotten on with TMAX films. Maybe it’s the t-grain or just me but I couldn’t get tones and contrast that I liked. This roll came in a mixed bag of expired film from eBay so I thought I’d give it a try.
      My go to film in 120 size is Fuji Acros 100, it’s amazing. I also really like Tri-X pushed to 1600.
      I rated this TMX100 and my Acros at box speed but usually when setting my exposure I tend to give a little extra, for example if my meter reads f6.3, I’ll round it off to f5.6.
      The two developers I currently use the most are HC110 and Rodinal (1:50). I’ve got some Ilford DD-X that I use for Delta 100 but it’s early days for me with that film/developer combo.

  5. Further, forgot to add that HC-110 is a good choice for processing outdated film due to its propensity to restrain fogging.

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