Quote Originally Posted by Stephen J. Collier
I understand that there are different films and developers for different situations, but on average what would be your choice if you could use only one film and one developer for the rest of your life. Basically I am looking for a good starting point.
I'm glad you said that you understand that there are different films and developers for different situations. For portraiture (assuming 35mm), my film/developer of choice is Ilford Pan F+ in Rodinal 1:50. When I want a sharp but gritty look, it's hard to beat Tri-X in Rodinal 1:25 or 1:50. For general use, I'd have to go with FP4+ in Rodinal 1:50 or Tri-X in either HC-110 dilution H or Microdol-X 1:3 (I'm not a real big fan of D-76). There are as many opinions as there are photographers... :-)