jasongraaf wrote in post #12583557
Why do painters still use paint and canvas when they could do it better, quicker and easier on a computer (with the added benefit of an undo button)? You could get rid of all of those ugly textured brush strokes *cough-grain*. You wouldn't get paint *cough-chemicals* all over your hands. After buying an expensive computer *cough-dslr* it would be free since you don't have to pay for paint and canvas *cough-film*.....
See where I'm going with this? I think the only difference is that many of the 'photographers' that buy the newest DSLR's and hang out here are more technicians at heart than artists.
I see film being whittled down to a single manufacturer (probably Kodak, and maybe another specializing in black and white) with a couple different lines of film like Kodak's VC and NC, both positive and negative.
Every new technology results in a split.
People continuing using the old technology. And people starting to use the new technology.
The world is full of digital artists. So your claim about painters staying with paint and canvas is only true if you limit your definition of painters to users of paint and canvas.
You have the same thing with photo. You get a split. Some will stay with film. Some will do both. Some will go full digital. It really doesn't matter what technology is better. It's enough that two technologies are "different" for people to split up and go different routes. Thas has nothing to do with being "technicians" or not.
You have the same thing with music. Using paper sheat score or using computers. Or old style recording of a full orchestra or recording of individual instruments one-by-one.
In movie making you have trade offs between easy lighting using traditional film, or lighter cameras and instant playback using digital. Both ways produces excellent results but in different ways, and interesting different people.
People will always bicker about the best computer operating system, or programming language. Which religion is best.
In the end, film will stay for a great many years. But not for technical reasons, since any technical advantages with film will go away with time. Film will stay because of people who prefer working with film.