Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
The OP hasn't weighed back in, but to me it seems like a very good reason for moving up from 4x5 is contact printing. I wouldn't categorize that as "magic bullet chasing" but as a rational choice of the right format for the job. I'm just speculating about their motivations, though.
-NT
Fair enough, I will only add that it is difficult to do contact prints on variable contrast paper without an enlarger. I have tried. You will benefit from using contact paper to do it without an enlarger. And if you have an enlarger, it opens up other avenues of getting a high quality 8x10 print, e.g. medium format. I'm just sharing my own experience here, ymmv