Ilford Delta 100 and Rodinal

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    Hi

    I'm having some Ilford Delta 100 which I want to develop in Rodinal 1+50 with the times I found on Massive DevChart. Any recommendation on which speed I shoot at. 50, 100 or 125? I will be shooting portraits and landscape with this combo.
    Anyone who has a comment on that combo and recommendations on speed and dev.time.

    Greetings Morten fra Denmark
     
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    I've found that a speed of 50-80 gives the results I want with my system. Delta 100 and Rodinal are actually a nice combination. Just watch out for blown highlights.
     
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    Be carefull not to overdevelope. At the recommended 1+50, 9min, 68F, 4 inversions every minute, I ended up with bad definition, excessive grain and blown highlights. The results hardly enlarged more than 5x without detail falling apart. If I had to do it again I would rather cut times to 7:30.

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    I found my lost thread 'bout Delta 100.

    I have now tested the combo at 12-15 minutes in Rodinal 1+50 (68 F, 10 sec. inversion every minute) and find 13:30 minutes doing the job for me when shooting portraits and 14-15 minutes when shooting anything else. What are your comments on my times. Massive Dev Chart says 14:00 minutes.

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    That sounds like the time for 1+25, though. But thanks for comment.
     
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    Hi Morten,
    Did you end up shooting iso 50 as silverpixels5 recommended or did you go higher?
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    Hi Morten,

    Interesting ... I've just tried Delta 100 rated at 100 in Rodinal 1+50, 20 C, 10 sec twiddling every minute, 14 minutes. The grain is stronger than I'd expect from Delta 100. Highlights are slightly blown and I'll reduce the dev time next time round.
     
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    I shoot in @ 100, but will try the 50 later.
     
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    Yes. The highlights are on the blowing side, but to hit the contrast I like I do it that way. The grain issue...yes, it is a bit grainy but I like that, too.

    Morten
     
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    Morten it looks like you tamed the Delta 100 to me ... good work.
     
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    Thanks! Your comment warms my heart!

    I think I have good control over Delta 100 and Rodinal now. The negatives prints very easily. No reason to print on grade 4 or grade 0. The portraits are great on grade 2 EVERY time!
    I will be using this combo from now on as I really like the tones better than the ones of Pan F+. But how long will the Ilford range be available? I would be sad to face that I need to experience with a new film for portraits and still-lifes.

    Morten
     
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    Morten, My only prediction for the future is that the Ilford range will continue to be available, even if it gets produced by some other manufacturer in the future. The UK had a long history of producing excellent products which fail under poor management and get bought up my overseas companies who have a long success with the product. I'm sure the Ilford range will fall into the same hall of fame and we will be using the materials for many years to come. I even managed to get hold of a load of Delta 3200 again from my local supplier this week :wink:
     
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    Doc Morten!
    Beautiful picture!! I think you have tamed the Delta 100 beast!

    I have fought like a tiger with Delta 100 in Rodinal in the past (shot @ iso 100) and found that I liked it much better at iso 50. But I'm going to give it another shot with your application!
    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks. I will try it your way @ 50. I like it @ 100, but @ 50 it could be a great substitute for Pan F+. I am about to test Delta 100 at different speeds to get a slow film for almost all my stuff. I try it @ 25, 32, 50, 64, 80, 100 and 125 to see what will work and what will not.

    Morten
     
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    Keep us posted, Doc!! :D
     
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    Will do...will do...!