Availability of New Ilford Delta 400

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Has anyone actually had their hands on the new Ilford Delta 400 (not the well known 400 Delta that's been around for a while) that was announced last fall? Ilford's web site still doesn't mention anything about it, and apart from comments based upon one very promising test from in the UK, I've neither heard nor seen anything further of this new film. If you've tried it, what conclusions have you come to and where did you get it? Any information on availability would be appreciated.

-- Dave Williams (davidw@ca.ibm.com), January 02, 2001


I've never heard of this. I can't imagine Ilford producing 2 films with the same name. Have you tried calling Ilford?

-- Charlie Strack (charlie_strack@sti.com), January 02, 2001.

Lately I've checked B&H and Calumet and haven't found any yet.

I saw a photo of boxes in PDN a week or so ago; apparently the only difference in box markings is "NEW" in red lettering, so that's how we'll know which is which.

-- John Hicks (jbh@magicnet.net), January 02, 2001.

Ilford will deliver to the stores soon, I've already seen the 135 and the fact sheet. They claim it can be pushed to 3200 in DD-X, Xtol, Tmax. I'm waiting for the 30.5 m roll.


-- Wolfram Kollig (kollig@ipfdd.de), January 03, 2001.

What is a 30.5m roll?

-- Todd Frederick (fredrick@hotcity.com), January 03, 2001.


30.5 metre is 100 ft. Also known as bulkfilm for bulkloading. I found a very nice japanese loader at 10 DM/ 5 USD. I used to pay 35 USD for a 100 ft Delta 400, so less than 2 USD per roll. I prefer using the old Ilford reloadable canisters.

-- Wolfram Kollig (kollig@ipfdd.de), January 04, 2001.

Just managed to get hold of a pack in London. It is certainly the new version. Apart from the red flash (which states "Neu Nouveau New"), the packaging is different - instead of the old dark greens, lighter, lime greens are used. I'll let you know how I get on with it...

-- Ed Hurst (BullMoo@hotmail.com), January 05, 2001.

Having looked at the processing times given on the box, there are some obvious differences compared to the older version. No times are given for EI200, and for many developers, the slowest speed referred to is 400. For DD-X, Microphen, T-Max and XTOL, the slowest speeds referred to are 500 (NOT 400). Times are given up to 3200 in DD-X, Microphen, ID-11, T-Max and XTOL. Seems like it's a faster film, and intended to have enhanced pushing characteristics. As I said, I'll let you know when I have a chance to use it!

-- Ed Hurst (BullMoo@hotmail.com), January 05, 2001.

Look at the site http://www.digitaltruth.com/ under the Massive Development Chart link and look up Delta 400. They discuss the new stuff.

-- Richard Sintchak (richs@mail.com), January 26, 2001.

It is available in Baltimore, MD. The box is definately different. The green is lighter, and the words appear in a different order. I forget now, but one is Ilford 400 Delta, and the other is Ilford Delta 400 on the end flap.

-- Terry Carraway (TCarraway@compuserve.com), January 28, 2001.

Just tried the new delta 400. Developed in id-11, 1:1 at the times given on the box. Extremely fast film. Was trying to expose like the old stuff and over exposed. I live in Quad Cities, Iowa and Got the film from H. B. Leiserowitz Co. in Des Moines. A great place to buy with very good prices. They never advertise, but I've been buying from them for many years. I shot 35mm. and just called them and ordered some 120. Their toll free no. 1(877)368-2080.

-- mike leinhauser (melein@yahoo.com), March 22, 2001.

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