I’ve been really happy with Fuji Neopan 100 Acros film for black and white, but there are times when I just need a faster speed black and white film.

Unfortunately, Fuji had discontinued the 400 speed version of the Acros film so that idea got thrown out the window. So my choices were down to Kodak 400TX, Ilford Delta 400, and Ilford HP5 Plus 400.

I used to shoot a lot of 400TX back when I started shooting film and developed with D-76, but I never really liked the super grainy look. Even after trying another run with it in 1+100 Rodinal, I just felt that it wasn’t a good fit for my type of photos.

So without even looking at what the film type is like, I chose HP5 Plus. It’s a lot like 400TX. More so than I thought. It’s not bad for purely street photography and journalistic photography, but I shoot a lot of street portraits so I was hoping for a film with less bite to it.

Next I’ll give Delta 400 a go.