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    +1 and a tables such as the ones attached.
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    I do use a sheet of paper to do strips of different exposure increments. I should also mention I am contact printing 5x7 negs. I do use the ilford charts to determine the color head settings for a particular grade. I also have a color densitometer from a noritsu. Is there a way to use it to determine the contrast of the negative?[ QUOTE=cliveh;1361355]What you may try is spending a few months/years with the filtration turned off, just concentrating on print exposure and try to adjust your negative exposure/film development time to get something you are reasonably pleased with. Then when you start using contrast control again you won’t be too far away. Also when you mention test print, do you mean test strips of exposure increments? (saves lots of paper).[/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnselAdamsX View Post
    I do use a sheet of paper to do strips of different exposure increments. I should also mention I am contact printing 5x7 negs. I do use the ilford charts to determine the color head settings for a particular grade. I also have a color densitometer from a noritsu. Is there a way to use it to determine the contrast of the negative?
    Some dedicated densitometers are difficult to use without the attached machine... Can you get a Stouffer 21 step transmission grayscale? Then you can just contact it with the negative on the same paper at the same time. You get a direct visual feedback on the range of your negative, the range of the paper, and you can see within a half-stop how far you are from where you want to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    Otherwise it is mostly trial and error.
    For me, it's usually error!


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    You can still use the Beseler PM2L and others for contact printing, just lay the negative on top of the meter.
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