Yesterday I received my Pentax 67ii with 105mm f/2.4 lens and I’ve wasted no time in trying it out. Last week I did some experiments with my Contax 645 pushing Kodak TRI-X to 6400 and at the time I thought I would like to do some comparisons with Ilford Delta 3200, so that’s what I did this week with the new camera. Forgive the similar pictures to last week, but I wanted to photograph the same kind of scene in the same kind of light to really see what the differences would be. I’m really enjoying experimenting with different b&w film stocks and different treatments in-camera and during development, and the idea for me is that I want to reach a point with black and white film where for these kind of shots I can make a decision on film stock based on the look I’m wanting to achieve. That is, not always pushing film out of a real necessity due to light levels, but based on the look it will create, and similarly the choice of film stock. The difference between TRI-X shot at 6400 (and pushed 4 stops in development) and Ilford Delta 3200 is quite significant to the results I gained today with Ilford Delta 3200. Before I post today’s photos I should point out that I always shoot Delta 3200 as a 1600 speed film (thereby building in 1 stop of over-exposure) and then develop normally at 3200. I wanted to achieve a little more contrast than that, so I chose to shoot Delta 3200 at box speed (i.e. ISO 3200) and then push 1 stop in development (i.e. develop as if 6400). It was also a great opportunity for me to try out my Pentax 67ii and I get the feeling I am really going to love this format. So far I have been surprised at my accuracy with focusing wide open with this camera/lens compared to the Contax 645/80mm f/2. You can see the TRI-X at 6400 photos here, but below are Delta 3200 +1, Pentax 67ii, 105mm at f/2.4, developed and scanned by me at UK Film Lab.