Quote Originally Posted by pellicle View Post
does this mean that I'd not normally be getting anything as dense as the higher steps (and how would I print them?)
If you use a grade #00 filter then you can get 8 stops or so on the paper - or 16 steps.

If you increase the exposure by 5.5 stops then the darkest wedge steps will print as highlights on the print, but the first 11 steps will be pure black.

Normal negatives should not exhibit the same range of densities found on a step tablet. A step wedge is meant for testing, and as such it exceeds the normal limits.