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What's the difference between Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 Pan?

I can't seem to find the difference anywhere, are they simply the same just re-branded?

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There is none, except the labelling. "Pan" is short for "panchromatic" which means that it can record visible light all the way from blue down to red. Amazing, isn't it? These days, it's the films that don't record the whole visible spectrum that get the special labels, like "ortho" (for "othochromatic" -- they don't record orangey yellows or reds, and can be worked with safely under fairly bright red darkroom lighting). There was even a time when ortho film was special new technology -- the earliest films only recorded blue light, which is why mid-nineteenth century landscapes have white skies.

I would expect that Pan X (or Panchromatic X), if it is still available, would still have "pan" in the name, since X isn't a recognizable brand name.

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thank you for the detailed description, after 5 years of digital photography I decided to start exploring film and I'm loving it! –  Serge Feb 22 '11 at 19:41
    
More power to you, try large format next! :) –  Shizam Feb 22 '11 at 20:17
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The first hit I get on google for Tri-X 400 Pan tells me:

KODAK TRI-X Pan Film has been replaced by KODAK PROFESSIONAL TRI-X 400 Film / 400TX.

The second hit is about Pro Tri-X 400, and that says:

Compared to KODAK TRI-X Pan and KODAK TRI-X Pan Professional Film, the newer TRI-X 400 and 320 Films may have a slightly different retouching “feel”.

At a quick glance, I notice that the timings in development charts are slightly different. So, it is a slightly different film.

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ha should have opened my eyes... guess I was too busy looking at different rolls on online stores. Thanks –  Serge Feb 22 '11 at 19:44
    
Hmmm... I always used TX in the bad old days. There was no sense buying anything that didn't come in bricks or propacks (and I don't think they offered anything else in 4x5 at the time in any case). As for the "feel" thing, I never had the patience to use pencils on 35mm negs -- a fellow could go blind! –  user2719 Feb 22 '11 at 19:47
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