I can not entirely answer your question. I haven't used the Silvermax developer. But I've used the film a fair amount with Rodinal (stand). It's my favorite combination when I can afford the speed. The shadow detail is remarkable. And very sharp, very wide tonal range. Really lovely film.
When I was researching it, I came across a post somewhere, in which someone had tried it with Rodinal and with the Silvermax dev. The results were blown up 100 percent and it was very difficult to see any difference between the two. Or rather, the difference was negligible / inconsequential, a matter of taste if anything.
In short, Silvermax with Rodinal is a tough combo to beat. I'm not sure why Adox decided to create a separate Dev. It would be interesting to learn their reasoning.
Last edited by pstake; 08-15-2013 at 04:06 PM. Click to view previous post history.