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06-27-2016, 11:17 PM   #1
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Delta 3200 meter/develop question

Last night I shot a roll of Delta 3200 at my friends wedding with my LX. I only realized that's the meter wasn't on 3200 but the tick right before it when I unloaded the film. Should I have the lab develop as regular or something else?

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No treat it as normal.

You should use it at 1000 ISO for normal prints, unless you want the black shadow signature.

If you were wet printing 3200 ISO is hard work.
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On the mark just before it shouldn't make enough difference to warrant changing the development, so don't worry
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If you read up in Delta 3200, the verdict is it is a sub1600 speed film that pushes well.

The slightly slower (1/3 stop from "box speed") you might have exposed to won't have much an effect on the development.

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Yup - all the above. You're fine. Delta has a silly amount of latitude.
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Having actually measured the real shutter speeds on a few of my older cameras, it's rare for them to be within 1/3 of a stop of the stated speed anyway - definitely within the margin of error for B&W film
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
Yup - all the above. You're fine. Delta has a silly amount of latitude.
My experience with Delta 3200 is the opposite of that! :P
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My experience with Delta 3200 is the opposite of that! :P
FYI, the Delta 3200 Data Sheet gives development times for Exposure Indexes of ISO 400 - 6400 for a bunch of developers.

I've shot and developed it successfully at EI 400, EI 800 and EI 3200. I'm convinced it has a wide exposure range. Similarly with 400TMY. I shoot it at EI 50, 100, 400 and 800 too.

Delta @ EI 3200





@ EI 800




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Another at EI 400.




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I've gotten the photos back. They came out perfect. Some issues with shadows in people's eyes but way better than the tri X at 1600 I pushed that night.
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Grainy but that was to be expected. LX, K50 1.2 for both.
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Sorry, wide exposure range... but I find you reeeeeally need to get the shot correctly exposed, and underexpose == a lot of loss of detail.

QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
FYI, the Delta 3200 Data Sheet gives development times for Exposure Indexes of ISO 400 - 6400 for a bunch of developers.

I've shot and developed it successfully at EI 400, EI 800 and EI 3200. I'm convinced it has a wide exposure range. Similarly with 400TMY. I shoot it at EI 50, 100, 400 and 800 too.

Delta @ EI 3200





@ EI 800




@ EI 400



Another at EI 400.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobbotron Quote
Sorry, wide exposure range... but I find you reeeeeally need to get the shot correctly exposed, and underexpose == a lot of loss of detail.
In the wet print only days, development times varied for the same film/developer combos up to 15-20% ( which is a lot) depending if you had a diffusion or condenser enlarger. Back then you needed to target a contrast index of the paper/enlarger combo.

Today, with scanning, you don't have to do that. The scanner and image editor contrast curve adjustment gives you a wider tolerance range for your development time. That is, your development time can be off easily up to 15% from normal and you'd not even notice the difference in the results with a good scanner and adjusting the contrast curve yourself. In other words, being a 1/3 or even a 1/2 stop off in exposure index is nothing. People get this 1/3 -stop exposure tolerance ( or even 1/2 stop) from positive film, I feel. BW negative film is a different animal with today's figital workflow. YMMV.

EDIT: Note all those shots were without a light meter (except the dog shot) and all rounded off to full-stop increments.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tuco Quote
In the wet print only days, development times varied for the same film/developer combos up to 15-20% ( which is a lot) depending if you had a diffusion or condenser enlarger. Back then you needed to target a contrast index of the paper/enlarger combo.

Today, with scanning, you don't have to do that. The scanner and image editor contrast curve adjustment gives you a wider tolerance range for your development time. That is, your development time can be off easily up to 15% from normal and you'd not even notice the difference in the results with a good scanner and adjusting the contrast curve yourself. In other words, being a 1/3 or even a 1/2 stop off in exposure index is nothing. People get this 1/3 -stop exposure tolerance ( or even 1/2 stop) from positive film, I feel. BW negative film is a different animal with today's figital workflow. YMMV.
I found, deving it with DD-X, if underexposed it trends to totally clear negative. It gives really neat results... but in low light situations there's no shadow detail to bring up if you've slightly underexposed.

This is 3200, and one of my fav photos of these two dogs.


Same roll, I guess slightly under exposed, and there was not a lot of silver on the negative to work with.
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...but in low light situations there's no shadow detail to bring up if you've slightly
Nice pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kxjiru Quote
I've gotten the photos back. They came out perfect. Some issues with shadows in people's eyes but way better than the tri X at 1600 I pushed that night.
If you like shadows 800 ISO is it.
If you were on graded paper you were careful with lighting and development.
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