That's the one, Acufine is my preferred developer for low light situations, I've gone through many, many gallons of it over the past 2 or 3 years.
Delta 3200 however, I would process in DD-X or D76. I personally use D76, and find that the Ilford recommended times are way off. I shoot at 3200 or 6400, and generally process in straight D76 for between 18 and 24 minutes, depending on what the lighting conditions were. It's a very, very low contrast film, so it can really handle some abuse in developing, I rarely blow a highlight so badly that I can't print it back down, to the point where I have started a roll in my Hasselblad or Rolleiflex the night before in pitch black, pushing to 6400 or 12500, and then finished it the next day in cloudless mid day sunlight.
Having printed negatives from both sides of the roll, I really don't have many complaints.
For example: I thought this was Plus-X in my Hasselblad, I was a bit surprised when a roll of D3200 fell into my hand when I reloaded the film back.
Generally with Acufine or any kind of push developer for that matter you want to target your negs to print nicely at grade 3, so they'll be a little on the thin side for grade 2, but that helps keep the grain under control.
Congratulations. life is going to be quite exciting for you and yours next spring and summer.
OK, here's the definitive advice - Delta 3200 rated at 1600, developed in DDX, at the time recommended for 3200 rated film. A nice fast lens, on your 35mm camera. You might want to pack your MF and bring it along, but the ease of use of a 35mm trumps the big negatives. You will undoubtedly be excited and emotional. The MF can be used once things settle, or once the family gets home. You will be dealing with dodging health care workers, trying to catch definitive moments, and varying light levels - it is quite bright on the infant warmer, the scale is usually in the spill of light from the warmer, but the bed where mom will be cuddling babies will be less well lit. As you don't know if the birth will happen at 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, it is hard to predict the room light. There is always the possibility with twins that one or both babies might need to spend time in the nursery, and you will be taking the first photos of them in there.
Flash will not cause permanent damage to the babys' eyes, but is a rude and nasty thing to do to a newborn.
Why is this the definitive advice? Because I'm a midwife.
Whatever format you choose, a monopod may be a good idea to give you an extra stop without getting in the way as much as a tripod.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
I haven't had an issue, hadn't even heard of the problem until this thread, and I've used flash with some very, very, young babies, including my own.
So, yes, I need more than your word. I will ask at the next opportunity as you suggest.
Thank you very much Sly!
Originally Posted by sly
Thank you to everyone for the advice! I ordered some Acufine, DD-X, Tri-x ans Delta 3200..
I took some great photos of my daughter with (bounced) flash. She didn't do more than blink at f/5.6-light (which gets you f/11 to f/16 on TMY2), let alone thrash around screaming. Would you be terrified to carry a baby past a window with sun coming through it? Because just one second in full sun is 800x more exposure than received from a bounced flash set to f/5.6.
I have some wonderful photos taken with my RZ and bounced or softbox flash from her first week, though mostly I used digital (for the high ISO, sensor stabilisation and 85mm f/1.4) and didn't bring the RZ into theatre.
Minimising light in order to minimise startling is a worthy goal so in answer to the OP, I will suggest TMY2 in Xtol 1+1 to get EI800 maybe EI1600; it will give you a clean 16x20" print from 6x7. The kid will probably sleep 80% of the time for the first couple days, so go ahead and make longer exposures on a tripod in that period. You can do good lighting of sleeping babies with a 40W bedside lamp...