Modafoto, Sparx: thank you for your quick answers (and links).

In my initial post I forgot to mention that I don't to my own BW development, therefore I have no control on the developer (unfortunately!).

Since I don't expect to have a very bright light, I think 400 makes sense. I haven't tried TriX and HP5, will buy a few rolls and start experimenting. What about the 320 TriX flavour? Is the rating the only difference between the 320 and the 400?

Quote Originally Posted by modafoto
You need to "read" the negative directly.
You mean I should get a table light and a loupe? Or is there any other way to evaluate the negative before scanning/printing?