I generally agree with the article too but it's too strongly worded for my tastes. Can't get 5000 out of any film? Depends what you mean. You certainly won't get a "true" 5000 as in Zone 1 at .1 over film base plus fog, but you can get very workable results with TMZ at 6400, at least. Digital is better - maybe. You will get less noise/grain at a far higher effective speed from a decent DSLR, but the lenses tend to be slower, and the cameras bigger and heavier than many 35mm options (like the Canonet mentioned above) and the look is different. For some stuff, I just like the look of pushed film, even rather severely pushed film.

Like many others I pushed like mad back in the day because it was the only way to get many shots, and I also had the common new photographer's aversion to flash, even when flash made sense and would work. Now, well, I don't even have a DSLR, so either I'm part of the 2% the article dismisses or, more likely, they over estimate the percentage of film photographers who do, though I may get one.

I recently - well, a few months ago, but just got around to developing the film - shot a night street arts festival in Atlanta, on 35mm. It would have been a great place for TMZ or Delta 3200 but I was out of the former and don't stock the latter in 35mm and my (one, fixed) medium format lens is slower than my 35mm and the camera not as easy to use quickly or in low light. So I shot it on Tri-X at 1250 and developed in Diafine. I have some negatives I think are going to make good prints for the subject matter, and some others that are ok exposure wise but ruined by motion blur of shooting handheld at wildly optimistic shutter speeds like 1/8th. I can get maybe one shot in three or four acceptably sharp for 5x7 prints doing that, so given the choice of trying or not, sometimes I try.

If I had a DSLR I could have used it, but I think I'd rather have just had some TMZ. I'd have shot it at 6400 and, with my not-particularly-fast 50mm f/1.7 lens that would have been fast enough. The film camera somehow "fit" the venue better (and stood out from the hoards shooting digital! - though I did stop and chat with a guy shooting with a Mamiya TLR) but, more importantly, I think the black inky shadows and increased grain would have also actually looked better for those shots.

We are, of course, diverging wildly from the topic of Rodinal and HC110. The mention of "Super Soup" sent me off to google to find it, and now I'm wondering what I'd get out of TMZ and Delta 3200 in that stuff... I think some of the appeal is just seeing how far you can go and what kind of results you can get in extreme situations. Photography isn't all about 16x20 display prints to hang on the wall. Sometimes it's fun just to play with the tools and see what you can make them do.