I have a fairly simple question for you all. I did go to the Ilford tech site, but found nothing which answers my question.
A couple of months ago, after many years out of the darkroom, I managed to set up my own and have been developing and printing and having a great deal of fun at it. I am no professional, so I use Ilford MG RC and filters; it just makes sense for me. Yesterday, I was looking at articles on darkroom work, and I came across one that stated that with Ilford MG papers, one 'ought' to always start with the number two filter and work up and down from there depending upon the result one desires. What struck me as odd is that I don't usually use filters at all! I have found that enlarging directly onto MG paper, without filters, gives me some very 'balanced' and pleasing results that seem to be quite faithful to the negatives used.
Is this 'normal'? To what grade of filter does unfiltered MG paper correspond?