I'm just recently cracking into a more digital workflow and am noticing something... It seems like my thinner negatives scan far better than I could imagine. I use PMK and usually I make sure to get plenty of shadow detail, resulting in a nice dense negative (for silver papers, not densities for platinum etc..).
But now those negatives I could have easily printed in the darkroom seem more troublesome to scan. With a little manipulation sure, they improve, but straight off the scanner I'm shocked at what thin negatives I can use to make good images... negatives I would never dream of printing on silver.
Is there a reason for this? Should I even bother with adding an extra stop just in case?
Right now I'm using possibly THE worst scanner ever, a UMAX Astra 2200. But it just so happens to have a 4X5 transparency scanner, so hey whatever. I have noticed this phenomenon on other scanners as well.