Delta 100 film

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by Rick Helmke, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Evening all,

    I went down to our local camera store this afternoon to pick up a few things. I'm getting ready for a road trip as I desperately need to get out of town for a few days. I asked for 4 rolls of my normal b&w film, these days HP-5. When I got home I discovered they had put Delta 100 in the bag. This is a film I've never gotten around to using in the past and my question is this: Is Delta 100 processed with the same method as HP-5, Tri-X and so on or is it a C-41 process film? I know I could open up a box and find out but would rather not in case I need to return it. The slower speed is not an issue but I do all my own b&w work and want to be able to print it in an enlarger and not have it machine printed. Is there anything unusual about this film? Thanks.

    Rick H.
  2. Rick,

    Delta 100 is a fairly well behaved T-grained film similar to TMAX 100. It does use standard B&W processing.

    It's not one of my favorite films, but is probably one of the finest grained B&W films on the market(along with TMX). It will give good results in standard chemistry(D76, HC-110, etc) although when I use T-grain films I tend to use Kodak TMAX developer. I'm not sure if there's an Ilford equivalent.

    With that said, I have plenty of Tri-X on hand and can drop some in the box when I ship your camera to you tomorrow if you'd like.
  3. XP2 is the C41 film you are thinking about. Delta 100 isn't C41.

    There is also a Delta 400, which I would expect someone to give as a substitute for HP5.
  4. I like Delta 100 a lot, used with a number of different developers, and so far haven't found combinations that don't really work. I love the tonality and smoothness I get out of it with Perceptol, but usually use HC110, which also works perfectly fine. I believe the Ilford recommended developer for their Delta films is DD-X, but I never used that, so no idea if that's the better choice or not.
  5. I used a bulk roll of it a few years back and used HC110 dilution B exclusively. Liked the results. I'd probably shoot more if the price was lower. Also, shot some in 120. When there was a demand for black & white film photography from paying clients, the Delta 100 120/HC110 combo was what I usually used.
  6. I'll keep this and take it on the road. It's been some time since I used a new (to me) b&w film so I'll be looking forward to seeing the results I get from it. I'd like to find a very good film to shoot b&w portraits on a 6x7 as well as 35mm. I'm also thinking very seriously about picking up a 4x5 camera and would like a portrait or fine art film for that. Not that there aren't enough film cameras scattered through my house now but just one more can't hurt can it????

    Rick H.
  7. I like Delta 100. Develop in DDX 1 + 4 or Rodinal 1 + 50 or D-76 1 + 1. It has a nice fine grain; prints to 16 x 20 are no problem.
  8. Either of the Delta films work great in 35 or 120 size for me. 3ml A&B for Pyrocat HD or MC, 1ml Obsidian Aqua, 450ml Nikor tank (with spacers) @ 16min. Aloha, Bill
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  9. I use Delta 100 in 4x5 and develop in DD-X. I really like it, just not as much in contrasty light. The grain is fine enough that it's tough to focus under the enlarger without a grain focuser.
  10. I do like some aspects of Delta 100. While the grain is not as fine as PanF, it is offers better acutance. I dont like the compressed mid tones.
  11. Haven't used Delta 100 in a long time, and then it was in 120 format.

    If my experience was anything to go by, it has a tendency to high contrast. Personally I'd expose it at EI 80 and 'pull' the development a bit. Or use a speed enhancing developer like Microphen, slightly cutting the recommended time.

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