I haven't needed to replace or update any part of my camera and darkroom set up in the entire span of decades I have had them. My negatives never get obliterated by a crash or need to be migrated to new media. It costs me a buck including paper to make a stunning and archival 11x14 print. My enlargers and contact frames dont clog up. I dont have to go to the office supply store and get bent over every two weeks. These days my prints are unique and stand out against the beige of the masses. My eyes dont go blurry. My butt does not continually expand in an office chair. Im not subject to the endless hype and marketing of the next big thing that will make me a real photographer. I spend my time growing instead of keeping up. Apples to apples I think I'm way ahead. Ymmv.