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Ilford Delta 3200 Professional Black and White Film: Perfect for Gray Winter Days

The Ilford Delta 3200 Professional black & white negative film is a very reliable companion for gray winter days. If you're not after colors but you've to struggle with bad to no light conditions and yet you don't want to use a tripod nor a flash - you should give this film a try!

December had broken cold and gray. There was no color nor hint of color. There were just these distinctive plain hues of ochre, yellow-brown to brown with very few spots of green that nature was offering.

I had been thinking about getting out and taking pictures once again. Since the world had been appearing so monochromatically to me, I thought about trying a black & white film. Exposing a color film would be a waste. Once this decision was made, the ISO rating was left to consider. December days are very short and I wanted to avoid a tripod. Since I tend to the extreme sometimes, I decided to buy the fastest film available — the Ilford Delta 3200 Professional Black and White film. I hadn’t been having any experiences with that high ISO rating yet. Expected increase of an amplified film grain got worrying me a bit.

So here’s what I have been experiencing with the Ilford Delta 3200:

All pictures were taken freehand, without using a tripod or flash. Exposure time was never below 1/30s with these shots.

This scene was merely lit up by those tungsten lamps, you can see. It was a very weak orange-tinted light, coming from those lamps. But this film still gave me at least 1/125s! The train was still moving fast. There’s a noticeable depth of field in the image. So it could be an aperture of f/4, but I can’t exactly recall it.

Photo by andyresag

This scene is only lit by one row of fluorescent tubes:

In conclusion, I can say that I’ve been being very satisfied with the results. You can use this film in very bad light conditions to shoot freehand without a flash. The higher film grain that comes with highest ISO-rating is distinctive but still pleasant. The way it appears depends on the scene you shoot,I think. If you like more-grainy shots, you can use this film in better light conditions too. This film is able to provide sharp contrasty to very soft-looking images.

Anyway, it’s a perfect choice for gray winter days.

Ilford Deltapro 3200 120 allows for hand-held shooting in low light without a flash. It also features a fat film grain for that authentic old-school “noir” look. Check it out with the rest of our black and white film selection.

written by andyresag


  1. sirio174


    this film is great when developed in MIcrophen stock.. you can push and have printable negative with a condensed light enlarger even at 12800 ISO!

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  2. emilios


    Great article and pictures

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