I used Kentmere FB VC for years as Arista until Freestyle stopped offering it and then I switched to Ilford. Right away I noticed the Ilford gave better Dmax and better shadow contrast. However the Ilford highlights were mushy until I started adding a lot more Potassium Bromide to the developer. I think Ilford is a little better paper in that ultimately I like the look of the prints a bit better as they are a little bit warmer and have better Dmax. If however Freestyle re introduced Arista II and it was Kentmere, I would switch back.