hi, i shoot large format and i have several old uncoated lenses that give me low contrast negs everytime, it never fails, as far as paper goes i use the arista edu ultra because its cheap and dektol dev. the one thing i do have is a nice set of graded filters, when I start printing i will normally start with a no. 3 filter and go from there, just remember that each jump in grade after 3 you will need to double your exposure time.