3200 iso film for black and white photography

Discussion in 'Photography' started by david.lynch, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. david.lynch

    david.lynch Guest


    I am new to black and white photography. I have bought a roll of
    Ilford Delta 3200 Professional. I know that such film is ideally suited
    for situations where there is not much light. But can I take pictures
    during the day with such film? I mean, will they turn out alright or
    will there be too much light? Does anyone have any advice for taking
    more "artistic" shots with this film. If anyone has an experience with
    such film, I would appreciate hearing any of your tips. Thanks in

    david.lynch, Jul 15, 2005
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    Marvin Guest

    Don't use it in sunlight unless you have a very dark filter to put on your lens.
    Marvin, Jul 15, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Daylight use of such fast film will be limited to very small apertures
    (high f-numbers) and fast shutter speeds. An average exposure of
    ISO3200 film in noon sun at f/22 would be on the order of 1/2000 sec.
    Otherwise, you will need to use filters to decrease the amount of
    light entering the camera, which will darken the viewfinder and may
    throw off your camera's internal metering.

    I'd suggest saving your high-speed film for low-light situations, and
    using a slower speed emulsion for daylight. If you want the grain
    effects and increased contrast of the faster film, you can take a
    slower type and "push" it. Shoot an ISO 100 film at 200 or ISO 400
    at 800 and have the processor "push" process the film one full stop.

    Don't be afraid to experiment to find the look you're looking for.
    For more information about Ilford's films and their characteristics,
    including how hard they can be pushed, go here:
    Rob Novak, Jul 15, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    One thing I forgot to add in my previous response: Delta 3200 is
    natively an ISO1000 film, but is inherently designed to be
    underexposed and pushed. You can shoot it at speeds slower than 3200
    - all the way down to ISO400, if you like, but the lab you use will
    need to take that into account. You'll need a B&W processor who knows
    what they're doing. By default, they're going to develop for 3200
    unless you indicate otherwise.
    Rob Novak, Jul 15, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    It's strictly for vampires.
    Guest, Jul 15, 2005
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