Ilford Delta 3200

Discussion in 'Medium Format' started by harry_belcher, Jan 10, 1999.

  1. Anyone any experience with Delta 3200 film developed in Paterson
    Chemicals such as Acutol/Aculux? What speed did you rate the film at?
    Alternative suggestions would be welcome.
     
  2. Harry,

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    There has been a thread going on CompuServe in recent
    weeks on developing Delta 3200. The principle discussants are John
    Hicks and Roger Hicks. Their experience seems to have been with Xtol
    and Microphen primarily, though Roger says he has 5 gal of DD-X to
    work with, apparently a new Ilford liquid product with particular
    advantages for the 3200.

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    The consensus seems to be that the Delta product is an improvement in
    every way over TMZ. They are finding true speeds in the 1200-1600
    range, reasonable results up to 3200. Neither has commented about
    using a Paterson developer. Both are hoping that the newer product
    delivers even better results.

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    I'm hoping to lurk until they settle on their favorites before
    developing the several rolls I have in the frig'.

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    Ted Daughety
     
  3. I have 1 roll of D3200 for test at the moment. I'm guessing that
    Aculux is going to need around 9-10 minutes at 20C based on the
    IDII/D76 times for the other Delta films. I'm leaning towards 9
    minutes at EI 1600. I'll do a zone test and see if I'm right. I need
    to do a similar test with D400.

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    Aculux used to be a favourite of mine with Tri-X.
     
  4. I'm settled on D3200 in Xtol 1:1 15'/75F for EI 2000 for now. Microphen also works fine although it's a bit grainier.
    Roger's enthusiastic about Ilford DD-X but I don't have any specifics yet. And no telling when us ordinary mortals will be able to buy the stuff.
     
  5. Ted, Xtol 1:1 is working ok but I just have the feeling that it may not be the best developer for D3200. Better than Microphen imho but it's as if something's missing.
    Otoh it's far sharper and finer-grained than TMZ.
    My best results are Xtol 1:1 15'/75F for EI 2000-2400. This is about a one-stop push so adjust your EI to taste.
     
  6. I have now obtained the information about the development of Delta
    3200 with AcuLux 2 from Paterson directly.

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    Dilution 1+5 at 20 Celsius Gbar 0.57:
    800 ASA=9min,
    1600ASA=11min,
    3200ASA=13min,
    6400ASA=15min and
    12,500ASA=18min.
    They comment that pushing the film to the higher speeds will
    compromise contrast quality

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    An alternative is to use dilution 1+9 at 24Celsius and the times are
    identical
     

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