Your right again.
I realize I forgot to mention that I did download and read the PDF from Ilford. They give the same developing times as the Dev Chart (not surprising).
At first I wasn't sure what dilution to use, but I'll settle for 1+1 as a save one shot developer. This is what most people seem to use anyway.
I'll expose 3 films at once with my Leica and cut each film in 6 pieces (i.e. 18 identical sets for testing).
My first test will certainly be a standard baseline test at EI 125 with the standard instructions for 1+1 dilution:
- developing manually in a Paterson tank for 2 films.
- developing for 11 minutes.
- agitation: inverting the tank four times during the first 10 seconds, then four times again during the first 10 seconds of each further minute.
- stop bath: Ilford Ilfostop 1+19 for 10 seconds (If I can't get a bottle of Ilfostop overhere, I'll use MACO ecostop instead).
- fix: Ilford Rapid Fixer 1+4 up to 5 minutes.
- final rinse: with Ilford Ilfotol wetting agent.
But then: what variables to vary and why?
It seems most people overexpose and underdevelop as a standard method, following Ansel Adams advice to "expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights" (see his book: The Negative). EI 64 and 80 are suggested mostly, Ilford mentioned EI 50. Some overdevelop at EI 125, etc.
Why choose what with which results?
Naturally I have to find my own style and likings. (It seems I like a bit more contrast then most people). But for starters I would like to find out what you experienced folks do (and why) to see what my next tests will be.
So please, educate me ;-)