Quote Originally Posted by xtolsniffer View Post
I do use medium format as well, an RB67. I have two types of photography. My 'serious' mode when I'm out on my own. In this case I take the RB67 and tripod and can take all the time I want. The other, more common, scenario is that I'm out with the family and have to fit in what I can get. This usually means no tripod or the children start moaning about how long I'm taking, hence the 'no tripod, camera shake, use HP5' situation! This is when I take the 35mm kit. I've tended to gravitate to printing at 7"x5" onto a 10"x8" paper, for which HP5 is fine, it's only now that I've started printing bigger that the grain is starting to creep in, but then so is the camera shake as well! Perhaps I just need steadier hands and then all the issues will disappear.
Based on the information you're giving, TMY-2 would be a pretty easy choice if you want finer grain than HP5. XTOL 1+1 would be great with it. Grain will be significantly finer than HP5, with good sharpness. If you want slightly higher sharpness, with a very small increase in grain 1+3 works well, but highlight contrast will be a little lower (not necessarily good or bad). You can of course alter these characteristics by changing exposure index, development times and agitation. Lots of flexibility.