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Ilford Delta Professional 400

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Ilford Delta 400

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Name: Ilford Delta Professional

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: Fine grain, high sharpness with medium contrast

Difference between Delta 400 and HP5+

Ilford Delta 400 is a high-speed black and white film which has a modern emulsion (tabular-grain film) that can result with finer grain but with less latitude. I would say its tone belongs to the modern days while Ilford HP5+ belongs to the past with more grain and tonal range. Delta 400 gives you a much cooler tone and produce “cleaner” images especially using it for portrait.

Greyscale and sharpness 

Delta 400 offers superior depth in greyscale. It has more even tonal range which gives you a modern feeling and absolute predictability on the image result. While HP5 plus is more classic and artistic and producing images in charcoal like drawings. Beside, it has great sharpness at ISO 400 or even up to ISO 1600. With such a great gradation on tone, it is one of the best high speed films for portrait photography.

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How is Delta different from other brands?

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Grain

With the use of core-shell crystal technology, it produced fine grain structure at ISO 400. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 is more modern because of its uniform grain structure. But why do some of us still prefer HP5+ instead of Delta 400 even its grain is so smooth? The reason might be the smoother grain lack of strong character and images are relatively flat. However, the coarser grain from HP5+ gives you better texture and a more unique character.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford Delta has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO800 or even at ISO3200, same as HP5+ and the result is excellent, except that HP5+ will be grainy but Delta Professional can keep its contrast consistently at different rate. I would recommend it to be processed using Ilford DDX developer to achieve the finest grain and improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take the images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Rolleiflex 2.8F

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

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Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Which black and white film should I start with?

For people who are new to photography, this is one of the most often asked questions. People are usually either impressed by the unique result produced from the black and white film or are attracted by the texture of the photo which cannot be replicated in digital format. In my opinion, shooting in black and white can help film shooters practice using different light sources and obtain more layers of gradients without worrying about the colours. As long as you like black and white photography, you can’t go wrong with this film.

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Name: Ilford HP5+

ISO: 400

Film type: Black and white

Character: High contrast with high grain structure

Overview

Ilford HP5+ is a classic black and white film with grainy texture. Among all other types of black and white film, I would describe HP5 and Kodak Tri-x as two extremes. It has relatively better contrast and higher grain structure while the later one gives lower contrast and is usually used by many famous photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Greyscale and sharpness 

HP5 has a rough character. It gives your image that journalistic feel yet with a vintage tone when you shoot it at ISO400, while the same line up of Delta 400 gives you a more pictorial result. I like to use HP5 in documentary type of photography and it gives me the timeliness feeling. I also do prefer it over the Kodak Tri-X mainly because Tri-X makes the picture looks too greyish when there isn’t much contrast.

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How is HP5 different from other brands?

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Note: Table developed based on my personal experiences with the different BW films and developers.

Grain

With classic emulsion, it has high grain structure at ISO 400 and of course, it also depends on which developer you use. If you develop it with HC-110, the grain will be coarser. However, if you pair this with DDX, it will be silky smooth. Comparing HP5 with Delta 400, Delta 400 looks less classic but with more fine grain structure. Then in that case, why do people still go for HP5 instead of Delta 400? It all depends on your taste and HP5 can easily be recognized by its unique characters.

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Flexibility to push or pull the film

Ilford HP5 plus has flexibility to be pushed up to ISO1600 or even at ISO3200, and the result is excellent. I would recommend processing it with Ilford DDX developer in order to achieve the finest grain and to improve its overall details and sharpness.

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What lenses did I use to take these images?

Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 collapsible

Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v1 radioactive

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 v2

Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v3

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