Delta 3200@1600 what dev.

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by giverin, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. I've just shot a couple of rolls of Delta 3200 at EI 1600 tonight. I've got D-76 and Tmax dev to hand. Is any one of those going to give me better results than the other? Thanks.
  2. Try the T-Max, which is reportedly a decent speed enhancing developer.
    I found Delta 3200 at EI 1600 very disappointing in D-76 for low light photos. The true speed of Delta 3200 is closer to EI 1200-1600, depending on developer (developer does have a slight effect on the true speed as determined by lowest measurable density over base plus fog).
    I like Diafine for Delta 3200 at EI 1600-3200 in contrasty conditions; otherwise Microphen. But T-Max should do well.
  3. Thanks for that Lex.
  4. you can try as many as there are... or you can go DD-X and never need to try any ;)
  5. The Ilford Delta film are similar to the T-grain technology of Kodak TMax films, so the Tmax developer designed for those films would be logical. But I've developed Delta/Tmax in D-76 and I've developed Tri-X/HP5 in Tmax. Personally I've stocked D-76 (most of the time) and Tmax (occasionally) but never both.
  6. Another vote for DD-X, at least if you care much about the results. IMO, Delta 3200 is most useful at about EI 2000, developed in DD-X 1+4, for about the time Ilford recommends for EI 3200. (I suspect that Xtol would be a decent alternative.)
    I suspect that Delta 3200 is really about ISO 1250 in DD-X 1+4, ISO 1000 in D-76 straight, and ISO 800 in D-76 1+1. Don't know about T-Max developer. Of course, Delta 3200 at its 'true' (ISO method) speed will look pretty flat, and mitigate or defeat the purpose of using Delta 3200.
  7. You can also try Clayton F60. It is available from Freestyle. It works well for pushing and does not cost very much.

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