I don't use a Minolta scanner but I do use Vuescan to scan
B&W developed in PCAT-HD. My best results using my new Epson 4990 have been
scanning the film in 48 bit color as a color negative. After opening the file in
PS I look at the image with each of the color channels turned off except for
one. I drop the channels that visually have the most noise and then
convert the image to 16 bit gray scale.
My initial scan settings in Vuescan are adjusted to produce
the widest histogram without clipping shadows and highlights, which usually
produce a very flat looking image in PS. I then make levels and curves
adjustments once in PS.
You may wish to consider Silver Fast AI for your scanner.
It will also make great scans with a more intuitive interface with the ability
to set levels and curves a little more effortlessly than Vuescan allows.
Practice makes perfect! I've been scanning film for years and I'm still
practicing and learning.
Not sure if this is off topic or not, but I'll test the waters. I
recently developed some negatives in pyrocat-HD and I am attempting to scan them
in with a Minolta Dimage Scan Multi II using Vuescan. I will admit up that I am
at the bottom of the learning curve. My scans come out extremely grainy. If I
look at them through a grain focuser I do not see the grain. How can I over come
this issue? Is there any books or other guides that can help me along?
Thanks for your time