I guess the question that always bothers me has to do with the compromise...are the fine grain developers really "better"? If I develop my 4x5 negs in d-76...am I missing out on something that I might have gotten in a MQ-carbonate developer of old? Speed comes to mind...but, what else?
In other words, If I am projection printing a 4x5 negative (not alt process) and am willing to accept some grain, what can I get in return (by using an old formula)?
I do not know enough about what makes a good neg for scanning. But (to name only one name I can remember) look at the images posted on this site in the past by Brumellisa to see what 4x5 Tri-xP and D76 can look like.