Though I work primarily in color, I have a long time love of black and white photography. For me the Holy Grail of black and white would be to merge digital capture with conventional, fiber-based output.
For a couple years now, a few labs have been offering such a service. I have tried it and liked the results, though it has been very costly. Digital Silver Imaging outside Boston offers the process that provides beautiful fiber-based and resin-coated black and white silver gelatin prints directly from your digital files at a reasonable cost. Read more at: www.digitalsilverimaging.com/index.php.