ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional is my favorite black and white film. I love it because of the pronounced grain and versatility – I can shoot it in any lightning conditions. I always rate this film at ISO 3200 and this incredible sensitivity lets it be shoot during the night, even with moderately slow (F/2.8) lenses. And, using a 3-stop ND filter this film could be used with zero fuss during daytime – basically then you have 400 ISO film.
The ability to shoot it under normal and low light is an important thing, as it allows you to travel light. I don’t need to have two cameras, one loaded with slow film for daytime and another with fast film for the dark; its enough to have one camera and an ND filter.
I have been enjoying this film for a long time but only in 35mm, as I’m more hobbyist small SLR shooter. That said, for the last 2 -3 years I have begn to look into medium format. This urge to try something new, something superior was strong and despite my resistance to get into new system, finally I lost battle and acquired a medium format Mamiya 645 1000S with Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/1.9 lens.
The camera, lens and my 120 frormat Delta 3200 arrived to me at a time when I was packing for a business trip to Milan. I had no choice but to vent the hard and proper way – taking a heavy medium format camera on a non-photography business trip 🙂
The set of pictures that you see above are from one roll of film, the first three are of Milan Cathederal (Duomo di Milano) and the surrounds. The last two are from Como city / lake, which is around 30 minutes by train from Milan.
So far my obvious conclusion would be that ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional in 120 is even better!
Thanks and enjoy!
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