Our Delta 100 film review combines the community's comments, recommendations, sample images and feedback to give you an excellent overview of Ilford Delta 100 film's strengths and weaknesses!
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Ilford Delta range is Ilford's ‘Professional’ range of films. This is versus their ‘Plus’ range of films which includes HP5, Pan F (which was in the very first WonderBox), FP4, etc.
The first Delta - Delta 400 - was introduced to the world in 1990, Delta 100 was launched in 1992, and Delta 3200 came in 1998.
In 1995 the formulation got an upgrade, with improved shadow detail and latitude.
The difference of Professional vs Plus is in the technology - the Professional range uses Core-Shell crystal technology to get minimal grain and maximum sharpness! Note that this is versus similar speed films - it’s easier to get small grain when the film is slower (the ISO is lower) so you’ve got to compare Delta 400 vs HP5 for example - or Delta 100 versus FP4 (ISO 125).
It also means that Delta 100 has the finest grain of the entire Delta range and the detail you’ll get is genuinely unbelievable. One of the customer reviews on site talked about needing to zoom in more and more on their HD monitor to try and find grain on a 35mm scan - and even when they found it they couldn’t be sure that it wasn’t the limits of their scanner instead of the film itself!
This gives your images a very clean look.
Exposure latitude is not quite as forgiving as the Plus range. This means you have to be more careful with getting the exposure correct in-camera - and it also gives a stronger contrast in the image. This isn’t going to be overwhelmingly contrasty, but it will be noticeable versus shooting with FP4.
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