It's not just nostalgia. About 2 or three years ago, I looked into what it would cost to replace my late 60s/early 70s Nikon gear with digital capable of delivering comparable quality - two bodies, six lenses, darkroom stuff, all costing in the neighborhood of $1000. The digital replacement - including a top grade printer and a computer capable of running the latest PS, all the software etc. came out to costing as much as a medium price car. To add medium format, another car. For my 4x5 and 8x10 cameras, there is no digital replacement available at any price. So for me, film not only does things digital cannot do, it does it with comparable-to- hugely-better quality at 1/30 the price of the 35mm equivalent.
Originally Posted by FotoFunfDreissig
There's also the learning curve, I've used PS enough to know it is not and never will be a joy for me to use, unlike darkroom work. And digital does not result in a hand-crafted product (such as a mounted contact print from an 8x10 negative).