I can't respond to No.1 with any statistical proof, although there does seem to be more interest in film than there was about a decade ago. Whether it translates into more film use, I can't say... My less than scientific survey among a few friends would lead one to believe that it is. I have a few friends who shoot digital professionally (portraits/weddings) who have just renewed their interest in film. Two are women, who would use my darkroom regularly up to about 5 years ago. In the last 2 months, I've heard from both of them, asking to return. One borrowed some film for a trip, and has decided not to work with digital anymore.
Originally Posted by pentaxuser
As for No.2, the poster claimed he could get 700 rolls of 120 B/W lab processed for the same $3500. Fair enough... $5/roll seems reasonable. However, it probably costs about a buck per roll in the Jobo, so there is savings to be had. Saving $4 per roll over the course of 700 rolls brings the cost of the Jobo down to $700. Not too bad if viewed from this perspective.
If you shoot color,or large format, the lab costs are higher, and potential savings are greater.
There are other reasons for considering the Jobo. Labs are moving away from film processing. If you're in a major metropolitan area, you probably still have a local option. For others, though, film must be sent away, adding postage and turnaround time (which would bring the cost of the Jobo down even more. Assuming the postage costs are $2/roll, those 700 rolls could actually make the Jobo cheaper than a lab.
Finally, the Jobo gives you complete control of your work. Choose whatever developer you want, alter times/temps/etc.
$3500 doesn't seem like an awful lot to me, assuming one is planning to shoot film regularly far into the future.