I’ve never been a great fan of the Hp5+.
I mean, I’ve had some decent results with it but I always feel that it’s too cold. It lacks the depth and the spirit of the Delta 400 or Trix.
Kodak Trix 400 is like a sprinkle of cinnamon on a hot apple pie slice. It’s smooth, warm. It has depth.
Ilford HP5+ is like a lemon slush on a cold afternoon.
(I’m no photographer as you all know and I don’t know how to express myself using technical terms however, I use the films, I develop them, I scan them and I print them in the darkroom, and these are the therms I know to share my thoughts.)
On the other hand I absolutely love using HP5+ pushed to 1600 or 3200 or 6400! That’s when those blacks really start to show up. Well it all depends, of course, of what we want from our pictures.
I’m just saying that the HP5+ is not my favorite 400 ISO film, to use at 400, and despite being very good when pushed it is not, still, my favorite film to push.
Trix is still my favorite film and choosing from the two Ilford offers I like the Delta 400 more than the HP5+.
Please do take all of the above stated with a huge grain of salt!
Here are the samples.
Ilford HP5+, Tmax Dev, 1+4, 7 min
Ilford HP5+ @1600, Tmax Dev, 1+4, 11 min