Scanner negs need to be fully exposed for shadow detail, then developed to less contrast than that required for a diffusion enlarger. A condenser enlarger fills the bill or diffusion and one paper grade higher, probably #3. The problem with standardizing on 3 is it limits how much higher you can go.
I use Delta 100 developed to print on #2 with focomat ic or other condenser enlarger, scan with KM5400 original model.
Ideally for dual work flows, expose at 1/2 speed and develop 20% less. You will love these negs with full shadow detail and very fine grain. They will not look flat either.
Condenser - no question.
Originally Posted by mexipike
Doesn't need to be a condenser head, just high contrast, whatever the means. A good VC paper will get
around grade 5 or so, way past this kind of problem.
But a condenser will give you much more inherent contrast before you even introduce filtration or graded paper.
Originally Posted by DREW WILEY
Agreed, but also more spotting afterwards. And the pros & cons of condenser vs diffusion heads were
spelled out decades ago, so no need to repeat them. And it's not particularly hard to diffuse a condenser
head if you need to.