Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
Well, if you exposed with a #5, then some with a #0, you get the same result as if you'd just exposed the entire print with some intermediate filter, #3 or or 3.5 or whatever. Nothing wrong with doing it either way, really.
This is correct. Unless you are burning and dodging different parts of the image during the soft and hard grade exposures, there is no real difference between split grade printing and using single contrast filters - except technically split grade printing effectively allows for continuously variable contrast grades rather than discrete half-grade intervals. This is a subtelty though.

Best for novice printers not to overcomplicate things.