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Thread: Delta Pro 400

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    I rate it at 400 and process it in divided Pyrocat-HD. As others have stated, overexposure or improper development will create a lot of grain. I learned this the hard way by rating it at half the given film speed, a procedure that worked very well for me with Fuji Acros 100 and Ilford Delta 100. The Delta 400, for me, turns out to be a "true" 400-speed film. Color me shocked and amazed but delighted with the extra speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken N View Post
    DD-X. Exactly as specified in the instructions.

    I do shoot and push it to 800 and 1600. Personally, I think this combination makes a better ISO 1600 solution than buying 1600/3200 film.
    So you prefer Delta 400 @1600 to Delta 3200 @1600? 13.5 minutes with DD-X 1+4 like the box states? I'm experimenting with this myself, and Delta 3200 for 8 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpulley View Post
    So you prefer Delta 400 @1600 to Delta 3200 @1600? 13.5 minutes with DD-X 1+4 like the box states? I'm experimenting with this myself, and Delta 3200 for 8 minutes.
    Yes, I do. Delta 3200 at 1600 has a wonderful tonality, but the grain is like golf balls. Delta 400 at 1600 is slightly stunted in tonality as compared to shooting it at 400, but the grain, when processed in DD-X, the grain doesn't bloom.
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    DDX or Xtol 1+something. I normally use Xtol 1+2 for economy and gentle action.

    I am happy enough not to bother with anything else. Great speed (far better than the D76 type devs) nice grain structure and decent tonality.

    D400 makes good speed (a teeny weeny hair more than the TriX, Neopan 400 crowd) but the difference between D400 pushed and D3200 at 1600 is still going to be at least a stop in the shadows. If you need true shadow speed, IMO D400 pushed is no substitute for D3200 unfortunately. The demise of Neopan 1600 is a shame as that film gave a true 2/3 to a stop over the 400 speed films but with the same level of grain and detail as TriX (if not better). Bridged the gap nicely, but alas... D3200 has the grain and it can look terrible, but also superb for certain subjects. Prints can be made to sparkle too.

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    Yes, it really sucks that they pulled Neopan 1600 without warning. I thought I had a line on some 20-box pro packs but they seem to have evaporated. I was going to clean out mail orders but I've decided instead that I just need to figure out which of Delta 400 and 3200 I'm going to use instead since Ilford is what I can get the easiest. I will try pushing HP5+ to 1600 as well and see which I prefer for which shooting situations.
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