Quote Originally Posted by Darkroom317 View Post
Process was more the issue than the film. I just developed a roll at N-1. I used 6:45 instead of the standard 7:30. The negatives look great. I was using around 9:00 for N+1 which was far too much.
Technique is everything, and final negative contrast is a combination of:
1. Lighting conditions
2. Film exposure (based on your meter and metering technique)
3. Developer choice
4. Developing time
5. Developer temperature
6. Developer concentration/dilution
7. Agitation

Some like to add film contrast into that equation, but that is a constant, not a variable, meaning you have to compensate for it with technique. Which is exactly what you found out by shortening your developing time.

If negative contrast is too high, you can mitigate that by exposing more to get the shadows off the toe of the curve, and then shorten your development time in order to give you highlights that print/scan well. Total negative contrast is always about the differential between the highest printable tones and the lowest. If they're too far apart, tonality is compromised by either blocked up highlights, or shadows that did not get enough exposure. Technique. Not materials.