Quote Originally Posted by chriscrawfordphoto View Post
It would be easier for you to produce negatives that print well on grade 2. Develop them longer and you won't need to use grade 5.
Yes 4 sure. Exposure controls shadow detail. Development controls highlight density. With more highlight density, you can expose longer and get blacker blacks. Another way to think is longer print exposure will get the blacks you desire, but the whites will grey. If they had more density, light would be held back more and they would stay white.