Quote Originally Posted by Black Dog View Post
I've used staining devs for the last 13 years, usually fixed in Hypam/IRF-seems to have no visible effect on the amount of stain present [an alkaline fix doersn't seem to make any visible difference IME].So I'm sticking with Ilford/Fotospeed for film as they're readily available , though I might use an alkali fix with FB paper.
I have been using staining developers since the 1950s. In my experience, the presence or absence of image stain should be verified with a tranmission densitometer. Visual examination can result in an incorrect stain assessment.