Just installed a Minolta 5400 35mm scanner to use for my B&W wedding film work. 5400 dpi produces a huge 16 bit file when the B&W is scanned in RGB color space. over 200 meg. Not only does that kind of resolution provide a smooth tonality, it really allows for some severe crops. It also has ICE to remove dust and scratches, which cannot be employed when scanning traditional B&W emulsions, But If you use C-41 B&W films like Kodak T-Max 400CN, Portra B&W, or Illford XP-2, you can scan them using the color neg. setting and desaturate, then correct contrast etc. before scanning the final file (see attached cropped example) In the example, note that ICE removed all the emulsion defects without altering fine detail in the image itself (see wisp of hair over subjects right eye) I specifically selected a badly marked neg. for this test. I had heard that ICE softened the image, but I cannot detect that at all. Just thought some of you would like a non-scientific report in case you were considering this route to digital printing.