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Medium format review: Ilford Delta 3200

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

My name is Andrew and I am a fine art destination wedding photographer in Italy (Lake Como, Amalfi). While being a colorist and all-my-life digital photographer falling in love with pastel colors I was never fond of black and white. However I decided to challenge myself on that and try this film anyway. In addition to that I got this crazy idea to reach a local club and ask them to let me taking some pictures of very popular singer Lemon Joy. Surprisingly they said YES (one more example when you have to try and knock - the door may open even if you think it is locked for good). So the club manager let me come and take some pictures on film - this was my chance to see what Ilford Delta 3200 (120) can do. I googled a bit about this film, I found out that it is better to shoot this film at ISO 1600.

So I loaded my Mamiya AFD 645, set my program mode to AV (I had to go for Manual instead - lesson learned!) and entered the club. Just few hours before that I took some shots of my brother so one on the top and one on the bottom were taken in quite a dark vintage garage. All other images were taken in the night club Tauros Loftas (Lithuania). I did slightly move the following sliders in Lightroom: Exposure (to lessen in some cases), Contrast (to add more) and Blacks (to add more). These adjustments are slight so expect no big differences. One image on the bottom is extreme - so there I had to add a lot of contrast and mask the light leaks. Enjoy!

P.S. There are some more images from a wedding and some technical information on the bottom.

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Ilford Delta 3200 @1600 120 sample images

Images from another concert - singer Monika Linkyte and London Gospel Choir:

Ilford Delta 3200

Shop: Online (local store)

Price: €7.00

Camera: Mamiya AFD 645

Lens: Mamiya Sekor 80mm F/1.9 & Mamiya Sekor 150 F/3.5

Location: Night Club Tauros Loftas (Panevezys)

Dev & Scan: PhotoLab (€5.50) + Local shipping (€1.60)

Total price of this review: €14.10 or €0.88 per frame (in my case only 10 shots were good - €1.41 per shot)


What can be more challenging than taking pictures in a busy nightclub with no flash, limited distance, limited ISO and no similar experience? :)


I did start liking the black and white but I doubt this is the film I will use any time soon (I guess I am too much in love with the colors of this world). The grain was OK at such high ISO. It is even quite pleasing, nothing like this can be achieved in digital (which is sometimes even very good). Good film, quite cheap dev & scan prices, very good results. Amazing!

Some more images from a wedding:

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