I had a rather extended conversation today with a salesperson at a local pro photoshop. In my opinion, he was honest, knowledgeable, and forthright. He indicated that at this time, he felt the Nikon 5000 was "slightly" superior to the Minolta, especailly for B&W. He suggested that I shoot Ilford XP2 400 and see the results. Amazingly, his opinion was that a high quality scanner such as the Nikon or Minolta at this time--may produce superior images to digital camera input. I think this may be how I proceed, although I am disappointed the 5000 does not have firewire ability at this point. but USB 2.0 is close. Thoughts?