Originally Posted by Stoogley
If you want to make negatives that aren't useless in a darkroom, that seems like a respectable APUG question.
Some scanning software, such as VueScan, can give you density readings.
Just don't save the file.
A reasonable question might be what is a good aim point for gelatin silver printing.
I aim Zone VII for 1.6 density for graded paper using enlarger with a fluorescent light source. Next time I calibrate, I expect that number to go down closer to 1.2 density. But I still might run denser than the usual member because of my paper and enlarger choices.