True, one mostly has only one chance to get film developing right, but I disagree that it is "tough". It is a repeatable and predictable technical skill made rote with the application of the (a) zone system. I've never heard of a fine art negative. Printing, though correctable and repeatable with a properly exposed and developed negative, involves many individualistic technical and aesthetic decisions, not encountered when processing film. I think there is more than enough evidence on any classical printing forum that good prints are rare, even with the availability of a perfect negative.
Originally Posted by winger