I currently shoot medium format film (6x7) which I scan in with a Plustek 120 scanner, and then print with Piezography. Was very dissatisfied with grainy results initially despite shooting 50 ASA film (supposedly has lowest grain). Discovered an article by Michael Pollett re: scanning b/w negatives (to fully understand his scanning algorithim you will have to find and download the article - I can also email it to you if that would be easier). His technique involves no editing of the image with scanner software (just scanning at maximum resolution) and also scanning as a positive versus a negative. Then all adjustments are done in Photoshop (inverting image, levels, curves, sharpening, etc.). The prints are significantly better! However, b/c certain steps in his process seem somewhat unusual to me I now fear that I have compromised what Piezography can do. My question is do you have specific recommendations for maximizing Piezography for those of us who scan and digitize film?
A second unrelated question I have (I can post a 2nd thread if need be) is how important is the monitor/monitor calibration if you are doing primarily b/w? I use an iMac (27"). Is an Eizo monitor necessary and if so what would be the cheapest model that could do the job?