Lately, I've been scanning some of my older 4x5 BW negatives with an Epson 1160 faltbed scanner. While this won't be news for most of you, I have noticed that compared to a silver print of the same negative, I can discern more shadow detail in the sacnned negative, but the highlights blow out earlier. Since I'd like to switch over to digital, I would like to use densitometry to optimize future negative processing for flatbed scanning. If shadow detail is better, the calculation of film speed that I have been using (0.15 above b+f) might be too slow. Maybe I should also the Zone VIII density (currently ~1.2) as well. Just for fun, I thought about about trying speed at 0.05 above b+f and trying to put Zone VIII at 1.1 for N. Has anyone been down this road before?