Tacita Dean is a respected contemporary artist from the UK. She uses 16mm motion picture film in her work and is encountering the sort of difficulties that are becoming all too common. She has published an eloquent piece in the Guardian that sums up many of my thoughts about the situation. The following quoted passage encapsulates one of the key concepts -
Many of us are exhausted from grieving over the dismantling of analogue technologies. Digital is not better than analogue, but different. What we are asking for is co-existence: that analogue film might be allowed to remain an option for those who want it, and for the ascendency of one not to have to mean the extinguishing of the other.
The real crux of the difference is that artists exhibit, and so care about the final presentation and presence of the artwork in the space. Other professions have their work mediated into different formats: TV, magazines, billboards, books. It remains only in galleries and museums that the physical encounter is so critical, which is why artists, in the widest sense, are the most distressed by the obsolescence of analogue mediums.