Whether available light photography or just abysmal lighting conditions, high-speed films are something fantastic to get you out of problematic situations!
I really love available light and low light photography. The problem is, of course, that you need fast glass, fast films or both depending on the circumstances. As the Fuji Natura is expensive and other fast glass (>f/2.8) also not really easy/cheap to come by, sometimes the best bet is to use high-speed films.
I got lucky and found some cheap Kodak TMax p3200, which, along with the Ilford Delta 3200 are among the most sensitive and easily pushable b&w films around.
However, do not be fooled by their denomination, these films are not truly 3200 ISO! They have merely excellent pushing qualities, their true ISO is more around 1000.
Nonetheless, they are excellent for such use, as they produce less grain than other films (such as Ilford HP5) pushed to extremes, thus you can use them in low-light getting awesome results and without thinking, just shooting!
I think this series illustrates this, it is a test shoot I had with a model and since the location I picked (anybody recognize it?) was lit abysmally by neon lights and I also did not want to use flash all the time, I thought I’d use the Kodak TMAX p3200 I had to check it out.
I was blown away by the results.
I keep the remaining rolls reverently in my fridge, waiting for the best opportunity to shoot some high-speed goodness :D
If you need a fast monochrome film, do not hesitate to use this! Happy prowling in the night!