Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
There is no reason to believe that this developer would do any better with pictorial subjects than any conventional developer. It's was designed to measure film speed and was not intended as a general purpose developer. As far as the slight speed increase reported this can be easily obtained with a phenidone based developer.
It might not be better pictorially, but it's interesting to me to note that it may account for 1/3 stop speed difference when it comes to calibrating a sensitometer.

But if we generally develop in D-76 1:1 instead of the standard ASA developer, wouldn't that mean we are generally losing 1/3 stop speed, and shouldn't we adjust our light meters accordingly?

And as for the standard formula, if that is what one really needs for lab testing purposes, anyone is welcome to know it exactly by paying for the published standard document.