Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] B&W film speed
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 00:00:54 -0800

This whole thing about which film speed to set your Delta on that day
goes right over my head. In my reading and direct experience each
Film/developer combination has a speed which gives you adequate shadow
detail and that's your film speed. It is not dependent on what you are
pointing your camera at. 
You could develop that roll for a lower contrast if you are shooting
high contrast subjects and devote a roll/body for that purpose. 
More commonly having a roll/body devoted for low contrast subjects in
the shade or indoor or studio stuff and that roll to get an N1
development. That way you don't have to use higher contrast papers or
filtrations and to insure your separation in the upper tones.
That's how I've always seen it and done it.
Mark Rabiner