Welcome back. I follow your thought on digital not lasting so have gone back to using film and smelly chemicals - great!

There is simply a lack of skill needed in Digital, the electronics do most of it for you with a bit of help from Photoshop. I look on it much the same as a craftsman making a piece of furniture from a few bits of raw wood and comparing that to buying a flat pack kit of a similar item and simply screwing it together. I know which would probably last longer too.