Michael Axel , Mar 18, 2012; 11:51 a.m.
Riton, What you need with a stand development developer is one that exhausts someone linearly. In other words, you want highlights (the densest area of the negative) to not overdevelop because the developer is still very active. As the developer exhausts, it has less effect on the highlight area of the image, while having an effect on the shadow area.
That said, D76, D23, and the like, are very active developers, that do not exhaust easily. Look to developers like Rodinal, Adonal, and HC-110.