Hey Matt, I've googled for some reviews about Henry Horenstein's "Black & White Photography - A Basic Manual" and seems to be a nice book to start out... Actually I've order one very cheap in second hand! Thanks for the tip! The thread you've sent was equally interesting :)
Tom, just curious but which lens do you have? (the 105 f5.6 and the 65mm are also rodagons?)
For now I'm just starting out building my darkroom (getting a place, material and reading phase), but I'll leave out my (newbie) impressions after a first print ;) although if its 'dynamite', maybe I won't survive to tell the story lol :P
My 105 5.6 and 65 f4 are both rodagons. I also have a 50 Durst Neonon, 63 2.8 Nikkor and various others. Only two lenses lag behind and they are the two newest and cleanest: the 80 f4 Rodagon (which only really shows up weaknesses with 35mm negs) and the Schneider 50 Componon-S. The 105 Rodagon produces 35mm prints as sharps as from a dedicated 35mm enlarging lens.