I haven't posted in a while, so let's start with a question on the effect of various developers on the same type of film. I asked the same question on the FADU forum and although I got some useful answers, I've basically been told off because in the question I was mentioning a scanner. Apparently unless you're a complete analogue purist, digital stuff is frowned upon... It's actually in their rules - you probably already know about that - but I didn't take it that strictly and that was my undoing!
Anyway, back to my issue: I shot a set of 4x5 sheets of FP4+ at ISO 125, all of them with the same lighting and shooting settings, and then I developed them in the following developers:
- Kodak D-76, 1+1, 11 min @ 20 C
- Agfa Rodinal, 1+50, 15 min @ 20 C
- Ilford Perceptol, 1+1, 15 min @ 20 C
Now the question: is the scanner that basically levels out any difference (as suggested on the FADU forum), or the fact that with such large negatives the differences are not significant? I do realise that printing a large size picture would probably show the effect of one developer compare to another, but I was expecting to see some hint of that when looking at the scan at large magnification. Could it also be that a flatbed scanner is not the right tool for this sort of exercise?
What are your experiences on this? Any suggestion on this is more than welcome!