A diary note: Some say that you should stick to one film/developer combination for a few years to get to know their intricacies. I’m not in that camp, as I like to play. Most of the time I use Ilford FP4, HP5 or XP2 Super. I’m not too fussy because most of the work in rendering a nice picture is done in the darkroom. What motivates me most when taking a photograph is to position the exposure so that I end up with a range of printing options.
Today I looked at Silvermax with Rodinal diluted at 1:50 at 20C.
Not bad, but I see no advantage over FP4 and Silvermax is more expensive here in the UK. As I said, film brand is not particularly important.