I scan all my conventional b/w film in 16-bit grey (Minolta 5400 I). Haven't seen any sort of improvement scanning in RGB. With chromogenics, it's a toss-up; since it seems I can use IR cleaning in 16-bit grey mode (VueScan, of course), I haven't felt the need to work otherwise.
Originally Posted by neilsphoto
I guess as long as I am working in 16 bit I have more info during adjustments than 8 bit right?
Right: adjustments should ideally be done in 16-bit.
This reminds me of what has been a somewhat controversial issue in some circles: while most seem to agree that 8-bit files are perfectly adequate for color printing
, the jury seems to be out in regard to b/w printing, and after some experimenting on my own, I'm somewhat inclined to agree with those who feel b/w printing from a 16-bit file yields somewhat better quality. Whether that extra bit of quality output is worth dealing with larger files is, perhaps, subjective, but I do notice the difference.