Originally Posted by Stephen Prunier
Yes, to both.
Its been 15 years since I did any darkroom work, and like you, I just set up my own darkroom.
I opted for the developer that I knew and used in high school, Dektol. I'll venture into other developers later.
And I also went with the Arista Private Reserve RC VC 5x7 100 sheets for $25 from Freestyle. I thought along the lines that you did, and I'm glad I did. I've ruined a few sheets thus far, and couldn't bare the thought of ruining that much money and 8x10 paper. And I've dodged/burned a little just find with 5x7 paper. I'll buy some 8x10 and larger stuff after a few months of practice.