Hello. I'd like to check if I am on the right course.... Please offer opinions and ideas if you would.
I have an Omega D-II with Variable Condenser Housing. This is the type where one condenser can be used for multiple focal length lens simply by lowering or raising a lens in the housing above the main condenser.
The bulb inside the lamp housing is frosted 75 watts.
According to Kodak literatures and Ilford, when using condenser type enlarger verses diffusion type, the development time needs to be shortened by 10 to 20% to compensate for Condenser type having higher contrast than Diffusion type. OK with me so far...
Then, when I looked at current product offering by Omega and Beseler. Most of them are Condenser type. (why would Kodak write its documentation based on less popular type of enlarger?)
I am at a stage where using Tmax-400 film and full development time resulted in way-too-high contrast print. I reduced the development time by 20% using XTOL and the negatives were thin. I tried 10% and contrast was still too high for my preferance and shadow details were not quite there. I am going to try using ISO200 setting and use 20% reduction in development time.
Am I doing the right thing here? It seem like the whole process is far more difficult than it needs to be. I'd like to do a sanity check.
Since I am using VC type paper, is there anything wrong with using suggested ISO setting, suggested development time, then simply use grade-1 filter, rather than 2, to adjust for the increased contrast??