E-6 processing and deviating from the standard guidelines regarding the 1st developer
Hi everyone. I've been doing my own E-6 for a short time now and getting consistently good results but was wondering about experimenting a little. Specifically I was wondering about playing around with the 1st developer to achieve different results similar to the control one has over the B+W negative process. It seems that the goal of E-6 processing is consistency and you don't see much on the web about deviating from the manufacturers steps. For example, I'm somewhat intrigued by the possibility of further diluting the developer and reducing agitation to increase the acutance of a fine grain film like Velvia and maybe seeing a compensating effect to control the contrast that is sometimes problematic with this film. Would the results of an experiment like this hold true for E-6 or is there a good reason why most people pretty much stick to the instructed routine?
Question for Photo Engineer
What would happen if one were to substitute a developer such as Rodinal for the E6 first developer? Has anyone here tried this?