I belong(ed) to an "elite": Military Paratroopers (Heavy Weapons Infantry). I am (of)an "elite" in that I established a newspaper from scratch.
"Elite" to me then means a "Mark", if not of exclusion, then of accomplshment: Lance Armstrong for example. Can you tell Lance or me from any other at a glance? No, not until we do what makes us "elite".
Soon enough, we who shoot film will constitute an "elite" of sorts, especially those of us who insist* on shooting manual focus gear.
*When an affectation makes one "elite".
Pentax LX, Super Program(2), K-1000
Canon F1, T-90