Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
If you're consistently getting results that are too low in contrast then you might consider increasing your development time. With a bit of experimentation you should be able to match the "Plus X" contrast range you like with any film.
Absolutely. Mark is right. Negative contrast is mostly in the hands of the person exposing and developing the negatives.

Some films have more inherent contrast than others, but this just means that a lower contrast film needs to be treated differently to yield similar final contrast to a higher contrast film.

It's a system that is connected, and every component matters to more or less extent. Technique is the most important component, in matching the qualities of the lens, the light, the film, the paper (and their developers). Everything has to fit together perfectly to make the most of it from a technical standpoint.