In the range of available medium speed black and white films Kodak Tmax 100 has to be among one of the best. It’s been around for a long time getting a reboot back in 2002, mostly with changes to packaging and processing times.
This tabular grained film has a little higher contrast than say Tri-x or Ilfrod HP5+ however it features creamy midtones and rich inky blacks. It truly is a professional film.
I choose Tmax 100 when I know I’ll be taking my time and what a very high quality negative that I can print from, The below photo shows an example of the tonality achievable.
Due to the contrast of the film you’ll need to be careful metering high contrast scenes, the film has a very rich dynamic range so you’ll still be able to capture detail in the shadows and the highlights although you may have to take this into account when scanning or printing from these negatives.
High contrast scene on Tmax 100 – Mamiya RB67 ProSD
It performs exceedingly well in 35mm and even better in medium and large format sizes. It may lack the character that a more grainy film has and lacks the speed of it’s faster brother TMY (Tmax 400) but for very high resolution, very fine grain photography you can’t pass it up.
Check out the tech sheet here