Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post

You are correct. Higher contrast improves perceived sharpness. In fact, we used to go up about 1 grade in paper for each degree of magnification. So, contact grade printing = 2, 8x10 = 3, 16x20 = 4 and etc. This is an old trick which fits with your argument and that of others here, and no, this topic has not arisen.


A slight caution here though in that I've found tonality and image quality can break down if a high grade of paper is needed for printing a negative even at limited magnifications. When using roll film I tend to expose at box speed (TMY-2) and process to not give overly bright highlights.