As my darkroom and photographic skills develop I am coming to the conclusion that a good negative is one that holds all the info you want to express and requires the minimum of after work to put it on paper.
My recent entrance into the 4x5 world and zone system just had me wondering what other poeple think. I have also started split tone printing on some of my negs (Thanks to Les, Donald and others for the inspiration and advice) and have seen a marked improvement from the perspective of getting the final image closer to what I previsualised. But I still have this nagging voice in the back of my head saying 'get the perfect neg'
Maybe this is still a sign that I am not comfortable with my materials yet?