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    If you have a functional dark room and enlarger, I don't personally see a great reason to get into scanning unless you are needing to do retouching/manipulation, or printing for a book, etc. I find scanning to be a big headache without the fun and revelatory moments of dark room printing. Probably better for your skin, though.

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    Personally, I wet print on 8x10 from 6x4.5 negs. I like the tonality and depth of blacks I get and it's easier, cheaper and more fun than scanning, photoshopping and printing digitally. If I wanted digital prints then, to be honest, I would probably just shoot digital. YMMV.

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    If a quality print is needed then I would do wet. I don't print anything digitally, only use for viewing on a monitor. If I need a really high quality digital image, I shoot film then scan.
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    I have printed from scanned 4x5 negatives. Looks nice to my eye, but I expect a well done optical print would be nicer.

    I think if I had the time and space, then I'd love to have a go at optical printing, but I lack both at the moment, and will do for the foreseeable future.

    If you already have the darkroom, then I'd say you at least need to give it a try. Sure you could contact print, but I'm not sure I'd bother to use 4x5 at all to end up with a 4x5" print.

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    In your case I would rather make prints in the darkroom. As compared to digital then wet prints are better for the small size 8x10 or so. Digital is easier to do for large size up to E size paper.

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