Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
I used that recommended 5 minute presoak and I still found that I had to cut my times by around 30%. I finally went back to using SS invertables because I just didn't feel that I could hold down the contrast with constant agitation.
Try diluting the developer, and/or using a shorter time. As long as the time is greater than 5 minutes, you shouldn't have any problems. If you dilute the developer, remember to use enough to get consistent development. With d76 and xtol, just two examples, you should use at least 100ml of stock solution per 36 exp. roll of 35mm film, or equivalent.