I started with 2x3 sheet film and playing with those little sheets was a hassle. I was doing 4 at a time in an 8x10 tray.
I then moved up to 2 /4x5's at a time in an 8x10 tray. I keep my fingers in there almost the entire time to keep the sheets from scratching…and scratch they will.
I went the tray method because thats what I had and the "taco" method wasn't that talked about back then so I didn't really know of it.
I eventually got my tray technique down and thats the way I go for b&w.
You will flip when you see the detail when you start examining the negs/chromes with a loupe.
I was using all old/tattered vintage lenses and the image quality was just stunning.
There is no substitute for film area