I'll give you this, the solvant developers DO give finer grain--but they always appear "fuzzier" as a result to me--like they have resolution but somehow gain blurriness---it's apparent sharpness I guess at the micro livel--the more contrast (the bigger the dmax difference) the sharper it appears. But that's just me I guess. to each his own. Projecting images is different from light table viewing. I'm doing big sheets for light table viewing.
projecting slides or movie film you can get away with losing a lot of dmax since there is more of a limit on dmax in projection--you can have something looking too light on a lighttable but it looks perfect projected.
Like I said--it's all in the application. But I do see the people automatically gravitate towards "the book" which was basically written for cine film. People seem to want to follow the recipe as if it's the ONLY recipe that can work becase someone put it in print at one time.
it reminds me of when I was in high school. They had a couple of video games outside the lunchhall. One one was a pacman game. I once saw a dude hit the coin box and get a free credit. I watched him a few times, the way he held the coin box with one hand and banged it with the other. I tried and tried a few times but every time the machine would reset itself from that whack. Finally, I got "the trick" of where to hit it and how to brace it to keep the machine from resetting itself. The problem is that for me to hit it, I would cut my wrist on the push button for the coin return. So I had a solution--I had a boyscout knife that I used the butt of to do the hitting with--more controllable and no pain on the hand.
next day I was whacking credit after credit and getting very good at playing the game since they were all for free...people saw me. These same people had tried to bang the credits with their hands and failed at first, just like I did. So now they saw me doing it...and they saw the knife....
the next day EVERYONE had a pocketknife and was hitting the game. The paint around the coin box was all smashed away and there were tiny dents in it. Everyone was hitting it with their knives but still the game was resetting itself.
The people figured "it can't be that this guy has any special talent--the SECRET is the knife"...and they kept hitting it and failing. But they kept trying and trying and never got anywhere because they didn't understand how to hold the coin box to keep the game from resetting itself--it was a mixture of things that was "the secret" but everyone wanted the ONE thing that made it work.
reminds me of hypo in developer...everyone think's it's "the secret"...it ain't.