I mentioned earlier that with 214D, T-Max 100 (TMX) has an early shoulder, so you must meter accurately at box speed. I considered that a borderline failure until I looked in the loupes. Wow! Fine grain! The grain from 214D is significantly finer than XTOL. Here are scans:

XTOL: 121208-TMX-XTOL.jpg 214D: 130303-TMX-214D.jpg

Grain looks equally better in loupes too. The camera was misfocussed a bit in the second image, so you can't gauge sharpness from these scans. But I examined the Mackie lines outlining the edge-markings in loupes, and sharpening looks the same with both developers.

Films normally give you a grain-speed trade-off. But TMX gives you a grain-shoulder trade-off. With 214D, you get an early shoulder but very fine grain.

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I've decided to call this developer "Mocon". Can you guess why? Testing is done, and these are the final times (agitate once/minute for 5 seconds):

Tri-X ................. 13.5
T-Max 100 ........ 14 (meter accurately due to early shoulder)
T-Max 400 ........ 13.5
Delta 100 ......... 12.25
Delta 400 ......... 18
Delta 3200 ....... 25 or longer
Pan-F+ ............. 12.25
FP4+ ................ 16
HP5+ ................ 15
Acros ............... 15
Neopan 400 ..... 14.25

I'm writing a report which I'll post to the Articles section in apug. Any comments or requests before I call this project finished?

Mark Overton