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Hi all,

have been using Neopan and TriX a lot over the last year and am very happy with it.

 

I wanted to find a slower film for those brighter days, but keep with my one developer HC 110.

So I bought some Delta 100 and took it for a walk today...below the first results.

It is extremely fine grain, almost non existent, sharp and good tonal range plus it scans very very well.

 

Here a couple of my first attempts, rated at 100 and developed in HC 110 for 6 minutes.

(CL and Summicron 50)

thanks for looking

 

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The pictures are nice, and I think they are good technically. There is good smooth long tones, and they appear fine grained and sharp on my screen. Your film/develper combinations appears to work very well. IM(H)O you should stick with it for a good long time and get to the point where you have mastered the exposrue and development time so you can control every situation you want to photograph.

 

Cheers,

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Nice results Andy. How does it compare with FP4+ ?

 

Far higher resolution - the detail difference is glaring when using fine lenses

Higher edge sharpness (not mushy like Tmax100). This is the most crisp modern 100 IMO.

Far finer grain than FP4+

Less traditional looking. under some conditions can give too much of a straight line with less mid tone separation.

 

There is an epic difference in fineness of grain and detail between this and FP4+ however, the delta is a little more finicky to expose and develop. I would say that if you use a dev with a slight shoulder, such as FX-39 or Xtol 1+1/2/3 then you should have few problems there. This is a fantastic cloudy day film and under such conditions produces very traditional looking results. My favourite 100 speed film, which so far I dev in Xtol 1+2 for very fine grain but still crisp grain structure. I came to the conclusion that Neopan 400 has grain not far off FP4+ in the right dev (and Delta 400 as fine if not finer than FP4) so I just take the extra two stops and shoot that. Lovely film in large formats but in small formats it struggles to find a place for me. FP4+ does, however, produce lovely results in FX-39 if not enlarged too far. Great all rounder, but bettered by many other films in small format IMO.

 

PS if you want incredible acutance at the slight expense of tonality, try FX-39 and Delta 100. Overall I prefer Xtol 1+2, which although not as crisp, suits a wider range of subjects.

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Andy, I always love these photos of your kids. Lately, I've also been shooting a lot of 100 films in order to stay close to maximum aperture on bright days. This latest series is particularly nice and has inspired me to try the Delta 100.

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