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01-31-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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Pentax 645 + Ilford Delta 3200 @ 1600 = awesomeness

Wow, I totally cannot believe it.
I knew Ilford Delta 3200 was good (on 35mm film), but I didn't know it was sickeningly good on Medium format, especially on the Pentax 645!!! WOW.

I'm just in the midst of scanning a roll of images I took on monopod and chestpod with nothing more than a small lamp doing the lighting. Images are sharp (when in focus. My bad!), and the grain is very fine and soft. Oh My Gosh... I think I may have to adjust my shooting still to more... Medium Format!! LOL.

Just thought I'd share.

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Pics or it didn't happen. ;-)

Seriously though, I'd like to see your results. I just recently got a handful of 120 rolls of Delta 3200 intended to be used with my Rolleichord. Also, in case you developed yourself, what's your recipe?

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Even better on a 67 II
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Which developer did you use? I'm not particularly happy with DDX.

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Unfortunately, I had my lab develop it so not sure what was used. I found the 35mm version to be quite noisy, but the 120 version of Ilford Delta 3200 is really nice.

I saw a Pentax 67 II on sale... Oh man... if only I had the money and a mule to carry it all with! LOL
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QuoteOriginally posted by dugrant153 Quote
Unfortunately, I had my lab develop it so not sure what was used. I found the 35mm version to be quite noisy, but the 120 version of Ilford Delta 3200 is really nice.

I saw a Pentax 67 II on sale... Oh man... if only I had the money and a mule to carry it all with! LOL
You'll get over the weight of a 67 after a few rolls and a good strap
But come on, where are your pictures? You need to make this thread valid!
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But come on, where are your pictures? You need to make this thread valid!
Seriously, it's the only reason I clicked in.
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Yeah, you've pumped it up. Where are the results. Is it an improvement over pushing, say, 400TMY 2 stops?

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Yeah, you've pumped it up. Where are the results. Is it an improvement over pushing, say, 400TMY 2 stops?

Or TriX shot at 1250 and developed in Diafine?

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LOL sorry guys. Just needed to scan them properly before posting.

There's a few more on my Flickr site. Compared to the Delta 3200 grain on 35mm (which is very very grainy), the 120 film provides a very fine grain that I really like. Looks to make for great prints, and might make my Pentax 645 an indoor B&W monster. The tonal range is something else on medium format.



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So I did a bit of looking around, and from what I can gather I think that this Ilford Delta 3200 shot at 1600 produces better overall detail (not too "heavy black" blacks) than perhaps TMax 400 pushed +2 stops (exposed at 1600).

Ideally, I'd love to just shoot one film and push and pull. Curious what you guys think?

I'll probably shoot and compare films soon but thought I'd get some preliminary thoughts
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I also a huge fan of the 3200 for medium format. Used it a couple of times for concerts (with my 67II). Funny to be around guys with their high end digital dsls, and then there's me with a wooden grip 67. :-)



the closer you get to these images (I scanned them with a Flextight at 3200 dpi), the better you see how incredibly fine the grain is and how sharp parts of the overall image are. Of course I shot this in a hurry with a 105mm/2,4, so manual focusing is really tricky.
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I have a roll in the back attached to the 645 right now, but rated at about 2400. I'm interested to see what happens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by phonoline Quote
I also a huge fan of the 3200 for medium format. Used it a couple of times for concerts (with my 67II). Funny to be around guys with their high end digital dsls, and then there's me with a wooden grip 67. :-)
Wow... were these shot at 3200 ASA or 1600 ASA? These shots look great, and have that medium format beauty to them

Think the next thing I'll try is TMAX 400 shot at 1600 ASA and pushing two stops. I suspect I'll get that "grey noise" in the shadow detail, which I don't see if I shoot 3200 film (not pushed or pulled much).

GeneV, curious to see your results!
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Think the next thing I'll try is TMAX 400 shot at 1600 ASA and pushing two stops. I suspect I'll get that "grey noise" in the shadow detail, which I don't see if I shoot 3200 film (not pushed or pulled much).
Some developers are better at pushing then others. You have little control if you are sending out to have your BW negatives developed.
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