Steve, I wanted to share my first experience with Ilford Delta 3200. With a busy job my biggest challenge is finding time to get out and take photographs which is my real passion. It’s for this reason that I’ve been exploring ways to take photographs in the evening and night when the daylight has gone. When the Nikon D700 arrived on the scene I was astounded by its high ISO capabilities and it opened up a whole new world of night time photography for me, but with some decent glass on the D700 it’s bloody heavy. The weight of the Nikon kit was the main reason I started getting interested in a Leica rangefinder kit back in 2009 and I’m now fortunate to have an M9 and a Zeiss Ikon for my film adventures with a couple of M series lenses. While I’ve been relatively happy with the B&W capabilities of the M9 at ISO 1600 and higher I decided to have a go with Ilford Delta 3200 and see what fun I could have. I’ve started developing my own B&W film again (I used to do it back in the 70s and 80s) and have so far done about 15 rolls over the past 3 months and I’ve got to say I’m having a ball. However this is my first high ISO roll and I wanted to share the results.
There is a fair bit of grain in the negatives from this roll but it doesn’t detract from the shots, in fact I think it adds that special character that only film can provide. I developed this first roll using Ilford ID11 1+0 (stock) for 10 mins but will experiment with some different developers such as Ilford Perceptol and Kodak T-Max for the next couple of rolls to see if I can get some finer grain results.
These shots were all taken handheld and with minimal light using a Zeiss Ikon and Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1. I’m really inspired by the results and will certainly be out taking more low light shots with this film as well as trying Kodak P3200 TMax. I hope you enjoy and please share with others if you want.
Cheers, Peter Bender