Delta 3200 D76 or Pyrocat HD?

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  1. mexipike

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    Just thought I'd see your opinions. I have around 10 rolls of Delta 3200 exposed at 1600. If I develop them now I have D76 available to soup them in. If I wait til I get back to Mexico City I can use my Pyrocat HD. The advantage of developing now is not having to worry about X rays, lead bags, or trying to convince the almost always unwilling customs officer to hand inspect. Also D76 kind of fail proof, while I've only seen a few examples and published times of this film in pyrocat (albeit, very nice ones).
    What would you do?
     
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    If you pack your undeveloped film in your carry on luggage you should be ok.

    Since you exposed the film @ EI 1600 I would choose another developer than Pyrocat. In my experience this combination produce too thin negatives. Pyrocat and Delta 3200 @ EI 1000 is a much better combination in my opinion.

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    I'd just use the D-76 so you can travel with peace of mind. I guess the p-cat stain would cut down on the apparent grain but hell, it's going to be grainy anyway... Best. Shawn
     
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    Are their other advantages of P-cat with this film other than cutting down on grain?

    Thanks,
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    If you, like me, get developing times with Delta 3200 in Pyrocat in excess of 20 minutes – I would not expect anything that can be remotely described as fine grain. In my environment this combination produce negatives with a long tonal scale, beautiful tonality and very sharp grain.

    If want finer grain I would go for full strength D76.

    Cheers.

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    accutance; good control of highlight tones; some level of compensation;