I’m trying to improve on my b&w conversions, but for the most part, I don’t even really care for b&w.
If you don’t even really care for B&W, why do it?
Before you give up on B&W completely, try some shots with strong side lighting. Good lighting and strong graphic elements seem to make B&W work.
Of those who do care for B&W, have any of you tried the cameras made for B&W? They are missing the Bayer and anti-alias filters, so they deliver a sharper image.