I am new to developing my own black and white film; I just started about two weeks ago, and so far I REALLY enjoy it, and I have had positive results. I developed TMAX 100 4X5 in TMAX developer in a Yankee Tank, and the negatives came out fine. I scanned them on an Epson V700, and printed on HP Z3200, using Han. Photo Rag Baryte. I feel as if I have no idea what I'm doing, but the results were surpisingly good. I developed the TMAX in Rodinal, and the results were good, also.
My issue is that I just tried developing Efke 25 4X5 in Rodinal 1 + 50 for 8 min, and the results were MUCH too contrasty. So contrasty, that it wasn't worth printing from the scanned negatives. I am frustrated by this, b/c I like the Efke film, and want to develop this on my own. I took a polaroid, first to judge the exposure, and it was perfect. Any ideas of what I might have done wrong, or any suggestions? Thank you.