Quote Originally Posted by litody View Post
correct, there are other speed increasing developers. But very few as fast as microphen but I haven't used them all.
DDX for 18 mins using 1+4 @ 20deg C shot at 1600 will work well and give finer grain than Microphen. But if its pure speed you want then Microphen is the developer of choice IMO. It really comes down to making a choice between speed or grain or what the lighting level dictates and if the lighting level really dictates a required speed of 3200 or 6400 then microphen is the best choice for a normal contrast negative. T-Max or XTol will give finer grain but you won't achieve 3200 speed with them. i.e. with most other developers you will lose shadow detail unless you expose at slower speeds which isn't what the OP asked for.

I hear time and time again people quoting ilfords ISO 1000 figure for D3200. But people just don't seem to know or understand that that figure is derived from using ID11 and not a push developer. Its called D3200 because thats what you get with microphen and not with ID11. And beating Ilford for promoting its own developers is a pointless exercise. Not only do they promote them but they develop and test films using their own materials. Infact they optimise their films and developers to work together. Kind of makes sense to use them together, especially if you want maximum speed film.
Thanks for the recommendation - I may have to get some Microphen and give it a shot. Since I'm usually shooting it in 120 (mainly 6x4.5) grain is not the concern it might be in 35mm, plus I like some grain.

This strip is D3200 shot at 3200 and developed per the instructions for 6400 in T-Max developer.

I've posted this before in another thread about this film, but here are a couple of shots on it shot at 3200 and developed in T-Max, in this case shot with my Yaschicamat 124. I'm not sure it would be reasonable to expect better results, but maybe I could get similar results a stop faster in Microphen: