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    Delta 400 & Rodinal

    I am trying out Delta 400 in Rodinal for the first time and want to know if I can trust the developing info provided by Ilford, i.e., 1:25 at 20C for 9 minutes.

    I recently had the problem of thin negs when developing Delta 3200 in Rodinal as per Ilford instructions so will I have a similar problem with Delta 400.

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    I recently dev'ed some Delta400 and HP5 in Calbe R09 ("original" Rodinal) 1:40 using the MDC times of 13 and 12 mins respectivly. The HP5 came out great - rather grainy (as expected), but good contrast and density. The Delta was thin, and disappointing. I may have underexposed, but my exposure estimates are usually more accurate than that.

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    I don't use Delta 400 very often as I prefer the older types (HP5+), However I used the Agfa recommended time of 1+25 @ 20C for 8 minutes for the roll this one came off.

    Morten has cracked the Delta 3200 by shooting at Agfa times - Shoot at 1600 soup for 3200; shoot at 3200 soup for 6400. I've tried it and have some very nice negs.

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    BTW I'm finding HP5+ pushed to 1600 has better contrast and smaller grain size than Delta 3200 pulled to 1600. When I have the time I'm going to try HP5+ pushed to 3200 to see how it compares directly with the Delta 3200 @ 3200.

    Sorry I know this thread is about Delta 400 and Rodinal

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPPhotog
    Morten has cracked the Delta 3200 by shooting at Agfa times - Shoot at 1600 soup for 3200; shoot at 3200 soup for 6400. I've tried it and have some very nice negs.
    Another digression (sorry!) : With Delta 3200 in DD-X I find exactly the same thing. I reckon the team at Ilford responsible for Delta 3200 either like (very) thin negs or are utter optimists!

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    I have always found the times listed here pretty resonable and for most part my negs came out where I wanted them.
    Some adjustment for personal taste may be required
    http://www.digitaltruth.com/devchart.html
    I used the times listed here for HP5 and Rodinal and was happy.
    Opps! I also have used Rodianl and Delta 400 and Delta 100 at times listed, again was happy with the results.

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    Thank you all for your help. I will try Ilfords guidlines as a test and adjust in the future if needed.

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    Peter it's only a suggestion but I'd edge my bets and split the difference between the Ilford times and the Agfa times. That would make 8.5 as the starting point, as you may lose your highlights going with the Ilford times which is what I usually find.

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    Thats just what I was thinking TPPhotog. I went for 8.5 minutes last night and the negs look good.

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    Congratulations Peter, looking forward to seeing some of your results

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