In my old Minolta film SLR (which doesn't AF anymore sadly enough) I always noticed a different in my black and white photography when I shot in BnW film, versus shooting in color and converting it later. The BnW film contrasted a LOT more, and was generally sharper. My question is, in digital, is there any difference between setting my camera to BnW mode (canon A610 right now) or doing it post process... I personally use Picasa 2 for my general touch ups like that. I want to make sure my Black and White REALLY pops, but if there is no difference, then I guess its better to shoot in color, in case I want to do something different. I do know that I love shooting in Canon's Neutral or Low Sharpening modes, and they look better than if I did the same in Picasa! What are all of your experiences like?