Unless you are totally in control of your scene's illumination, you will likely need dodging and burning.I'm not interested in dodging and burning at this point.
Don't trust "the literature"The literature suggests that a grade 2 or 3 filter will cover most printing needs, but my results with these always seem to be flat.
Increase negative development by 25%As such, I find myself using the grade 5 filter more often than not.
You thought wrong.I thought grade 5 was for slightly more advanced techniques -- like spilt-grade printing -- and not really to be used by itself.
See above (Increase negative development by 25% and use dodging and burning).Even so, I'm not completely satisfied with my grade 5 prints.