Old fashioned and simple tools are important to people of all hobbies dependent on craftmanship.

It might be new to photography or at least a different direction to mainstream photography, but it's nothing new for woodwork for example. http://www.lie-nielsen.com/ has been making old fashioned tools for at least 30 years in my area.

I think old fashioned photography tools will continue to be popular as long as they aren't rendered useless.