Thing I point out to folks when studying any graphic representation of the B&W film and paper tone reproduction cycle is the gross distortion of values, even in the best of situations. The prints out of a typical 'creative' darkroom are likely going to demonstrate a tone reproduction cycle even more distorted than that presented. The point I make is that B&W film/paper is a creative medium and a beginner's naive attempts to 'reproduce reality' will be futile.
The other thing I point out is that the "S" and "J" portions of the film and paper account for this, and as Steve has shown, flare distorts things also. It is possible to make 'flare-insignificant' images with small format, multicoaed lenses in low contrast scenes. The tonal reproduction curve is still going to be buggered up because neither the film or paper are straight-lined.
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