A few more images from my archive today. This time I found photos taken with Ilford Delta 3200 black and white film. It’s a film I have shoot extensively in the past, especially at night.
Delta 3200 is a high speed b&w film with a true ISO speed of about 1250 (at least this is what I’ve read), which with a good push developer like the Ilfotec DD-X provides ISO 3200 results. I almost always rate it at 1600 on my camera and have been very happy with the results so far.
As it is expected, there’s very evident grain especially in 35mm format, but I find it’s grain to “add character” to the images (especially at night). With 6×7 medium format the grain is there but it’s more subtle and provides even better results. I have also used it during daylight with orange and red filters, and it gives very dramatic images.
This is a film which can be pushed even more, I have tried ISO 6400 and 12500 and although contrast is boosted and can create very artistic images, I would probably not go above 6400 (and I usually do that with 6×7 negatives). After all, I can shoot my Leica M at f1.1 with the 50mm Nokton so pushing so much is not necessary, on the other hand with the f2.8 lens of the Makina 67, one stop more is always welcome at low light situations.
My choice of developer for this film is the Ilfotec DD-X, it’s an expensive developer but with very good and consistent results, I use it for all my Ilford films.
Overall, I find Delta 3200 to be an excellent choice for night images and it also has been a great travel film for situations when I want to take advantage of available light to create interesting images.
The pictures below are all shot with the Plaubel Makina 67 and Ilford Delta 3200.
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