Ok, I finally tried the X-Ray film again in-camera. I put the safelight much farther away, and bye-bye base fog! I exposed @ ISO 25 (bright sun, F/16 & 1/25). The image looks pretty good, with decent contrast and good tonality. The contact print isn't great; it was done quickly with wet contact (hence the spots) as I'm currently fixing my contact frame. Also, the emulsion is REALLY easily scratched when wet, so that figures in too. The print looks much better, but my scanner does not like to work for me, so oh well.