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    Developer for Ilford Delta 3200

    I'm making the switch from Tri-X and T-Max 3200 to HP5+ and Delta 3200. I have been using home brew D-23, Thornton's divided developer, or D-76h. Of these, I only see D-76 listed on Ilford's tech sheets and only with stock for 3200. Are any of these usable diluted with 3200 at 1600? What about other home brews? I really don't want to go back to proprietary developers.

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    I've seen really nice results with Delta 3200 @ 1600 using perceptol. There's a simple home brew Perceptol-like formula too.

    The most common is:
    5g/L Metol
    100g/L Sodium Sulphite (Anh)
    30g/L Sodium Chloride

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    I love Delta films in Rodinal
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    Ilford DD-X or XTOL.

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    Tmax Developer. Kodak designed it to push Tmax films, and in my extensive experience with Tmax 3200, it was far and away the best developer for that fast film. When I began using Ilford's Delta 3200, I tried Tmax Developer since it worked so well for Kodak's very similar 3200 film. It worked just as beautifully for Delta 3200 as it did for the Tmax 3200. Here are some examples of the Ilford 3200 in Tmax Developer.


    EI-3200



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    EI-1600. This is inside a VERY dark bar. The old woman is Mary Mora, the 96 year old owner of the bar in the tiny town of Cerrillos, New Mexico.
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    If I were picking one developer to use with both HP5 and Delta 3200 it'd be ID-11 (D-76). If just one developer for Delta 3200 it'd be Xtol, or DD-X.

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    Depends what you are trying to do with it. When I shoot Delta 3200 it's for speed. If 1250 will do it I shoot Tri-X in Diafine. So I typically shoot 3200 at 3200. I develop in T-Max developer but might switch to DD-X when I run out. T-Max works well for it though. I develop per instructions for 6400 when shot at 3200 with results I really like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriscrawfordphoto View Post
    Tmax Developer. Kodak designed it to push Tmax films, and in my extensive experience with Tmax 3200, it was far and away the best developer for that fast film. When I began using Ilford's Delta 3200, I tried Tmax Developer since it worked so well for Kodak's very similar 3200 film. It worked just as beautifully for Delta 3200 as it did for the Tmax 3200. Here are some examples of the Ilford 3200 in Tmax Developer.
    Saw the images before but skipped over your text - agree completely. It works great with Delta 3200.

    I posted a few of my results before in another thread on Delta 3200:

    http://home.comcast.net/~ragnar93/Temp/Anachrocon1b.jpg

    Delta 3200 in T-Max developer, shot at EI 3200, developed per time for 6400:


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    Developer for Ilford Delta 3200

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Saw the images before but skipped over your text - agree completely. It works great with Delta 3200.

    I posted a few of my results before in another thread on Delta 3200:

    http://home.comcast.net/~ragnar93/Temp/Anachrocon1b.jpg

    Delta 3200 in T-Max developer, shot at EI 3200, developed per time for 6400:

    You guys are ruining my plans to get away from Kodak entirely... Tmax developer hmmm... Erg....


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    I've had great luck with D76. Just make sure to expose it as if it were "Delta 1600"


    These were shooting on 645 BTW:




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