Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
The point I see many people miss is that the paper defines the range that prints straight and easy from the negative.
Absolutely! Thanks for clarifying.

Basically, what I am saying is that compensation allows a greater subject brightness range to be squeezed in to the density range of the negative that will print well on a particular contrast-grade paper. I need to be more precise when I express such things so as not to add to the confusion.