Quote Originally Posted by mingaun View Post
... I guess in a nutshell, i should err on the side of overexposure rather than underexposure. ...
Correct, when in doubt overexpose and underdevelop! B&W film has a huge latitude towards overexposure (10 stops and more) and almost none towards underexposure (see ice-racer's comments).

Quote Originally Posted by mingaun View Post
... Is it correct to say that the dynamic range for digital is not as many stops as the film's B&W? ...
Yes, digital is currently limited to an overall dynamic range of 9 to maybe 11 stops, but we don't discuss digital on APUG.