Originally Posted by Johann Espiritu
In my experience, Delta 3200 grain looks a lot grainier when scanned than when you do a print. The scanning process seems to not capture how smooth a print on Ilford fiber paper can look with this film.
+1 with above.
But the real problem here is your expectations of a high speed film. All high speed dilms are more grainy than slow films. This is common knowledge. And if you you use a speed increasing developer it will make the grain worse. So expect a lot of grain with Microphen or DD-X.
However, Delta 3200 is designed to give normal contrast when developed in Microphen at EI 3200 using ilfords times. The thing is, low light subjects are often low contrast unless there are lights or bright windows in the scene. Well for low contrast subjects you actually want a higher contrast negative so pushing something like Delta 400 to 1600 may well give a better result than using Delta 3200. It really depends on your subject contrast.
But if you want to use EI 3200 with normal film contrast then Microphen is the only dev that will do it IMO. Alternatively you could try Xtol stock at EI 1600 using ilfords recommended times.
All developers except Microphen will be very difficult (long dev times) to obtain 3200 speed with Delta 3200 and that includes DD-X which is not a fine grain developer. But I repeat, at 3200 speed you are going to get grain.
As to using a developer with a lot of solvent in it, well using perceptol stock for 21 mins @ 20deg C will do it. But you'll get an EI of around 800.
So take your pick, speed or fine grain but don't expect both.