Thanks again from all your inputs!

Quote Originally Posted by matt miller
Which, I believe, is what he's after. I've heard that the Portra film does scan better though.
My options for printing are either
  1. Digital print from an online service from high rest scans
  2. Print from the negative by a lab, after rough evaluation from low res scans

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the Portra BW film here in Italy (yet?). Only T400CN (which I take is discontinued by now) and XP2. On the other side, having traditional BW films developed is not an issue since my lab does that at a reasonable price (less than 2 euro for a 36 exp roll).

After all these suggestions, I guess I will try both XP2 and TriX/HP5 and find out which one I like most (both in traditional printing and in digital scans).