Quote Originally Posted by rwboyer View Post
I didn't miss any point anywhere...
I'm afraid, you did if you call my statement unqualified.

Quote Originally Posted by rwboyer View Post
...Translation for the non-technical - if you really truly "overexpose" by 8 stops you will more likely than not actually block a significant amount of highlight values.
No you won't. 7 stops of subject brightness range + 8 stops of overexposure = 15 stops of required film exposure range. Many B&W negative film can give you that easily unless you develop them to roll off the highlights.