It was not that long ago that we were stunned by the low light, high iso performance of digital cameras at iso's like iso 1600. Of course times have moved on with digital cameras capturing images at higher and higher iso's that were unthinkable for film....not strictly true for BW film but thats another tale...
But for the vast majority of the time I would have easily got by in low light with iso 1600 and fast glass. I had long written film off at these levels...colour film anyway...and was highly delighted, stunned even, when I got back some test shots from the folks at UK Film Lab.
I planned to shoot a project called simply "Stallholders' about the local market traders of Winsford and Northwich using available light only. Now I don't know about where you live but the indoor markets and even the outdoor markets this time of year are pretty gloomy places. So it was going to have to be fast film, fast glass and pushed development. I chose Fuji P400H as my film of choice, its proven to be a fantastic all around film, but I didn't know how it would take to being abused this much.
The image's above are from my first test roll and there a few more samples in the "Stallholders" gallery. It was shot in my little Yashica 230AF with the 50mm F1.8 lens at iso 1600 and the film was then pushed plus 3 in development. I'm delighted, so much so I'll now shoot the whole project with that film @1600 and will continue to add to the gallery.