Generally when I go out to shoot I like to keep it consistent. One camera, one lens and most important, one film type. Keeping things under control helps make the pieces fit together especially if you want to write a blog post with images that look like they belong with one another.
It's also easier to hand develop film when you're shooting the same type at the same ISO. But there are always exceptions to the rule and this is one. Each of these rolls had to be individually processed, no shortcuts here.
I'm now an Ilford user and a fan. Ilford makes a great range of black and white film and they're dedicated to providing a great range of black and white film for a very reasonable cost. I'm buying my 35mm Ilford film in 100 foot rolls. I'm going to experiment with my favorite HP5+ to other film types like the Delta range, Pan F Plus, FP4 Plus, and XP2 to see if there are a few I want to pick as daily favorites. While I like HP5, I've been looking for something that suits me a bit more. I've been anxious to shoot Pan F Plus and some of the lower ISO Delta films. Pan F Plus is an ISO 50 film that seems slow but might be really perfect for the harsh sun and shadows here in Southern California. I want to try more of Delta 100, 400 and 3200 too.
For last Friday night's walk at Cruising Grand I took a few rolls of Pan F Plus, HP5 Plus and Ilford Delta 3200 for the night shots. I shot with both the Leica M2 fitted with the 50mm Summicron and the MP with the Zeiss Sonnar 1.5.
Here are some early shots from the evening with Pan F Plus:
This next series is with HP5 Plus and my Leica MP:
And finally as it began to get dark, Ilford Delta 3200 pulled one stop to ISO 1600 and my Leica MP. You do like grain, don't you?
Bottom line, while I really like the night shots, I think I'd be more inclined to push HP5 a few stops to ISO 1600 than use Delta 3200. But it does shoot well in the dark. I'm definitely drawn to the cleaner images in Pan F Plus and will be giving Delta 100 and 400 a try in the coming weeks.
I hope you got something from these and perhaps will find a grain you'd be happy with.
As always, thanks for reading.