Yes, you can shoot transparency film and then scan it to digital. But really, why do all that extra work?
Yes, everything you say is true; however, (not sure whether this applies to you or not Donald), for anyone that has taken the time to read every reply in this thread, I really think you would have to concede, there are,(or may be), many reasons !
This is quite possibly the single most "interesting", most "illuminating" discussion I have read thus far on NRF; ( I find myself agreeing with "both sides", about equally.)
For me personally, here's a couple of things I miss about my "film days"; unlike many who have replied to this discussion, I have never done photography "professionally"......I've never depended on it to make a living; (fortunately, or I would no doubt be "poorer" now than I already am !)
After buying my first camera (about 1951), it was years and years before I ever "got around" to up-grading to a halfway decent camera. It wasn't until the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. that I finally bought my first truly decent SLR, ( a "refurbished" Canon F-1, a 200mm/f2.8 lens, a 50mm/f1.4 "normal" lens, and a few more "goodies" that Canon Camera had "loaned" to professional sports photographers who were covering the winter games, as a promotional tool; (you will note, we are talking "just before auto-focus" here).
I learned quite a lot with the F-1; (a truly marvelous camera "in it's day"); somewhere along the line, my interest in some of my other many hobbies "exceeded" my interest in taking pictures, and I didn't take a whole lot of pictures for a few years, other than when I went on vacation. ( still forced to work for a living in those days)
Suddenly, everything changed.........after just one phone call; (from my son who was calling from Honolulu) (he: "I'm gonna be out here at least all summer; I just booked you a flight to come out here.....how long do you want to stay?") Me: "three weeks would be fine......never had a desire to go to Hawaii." Two days later I was in sunny Waikiki Beach.
My son works for the U.S. Navy; (as a civilian engineer) his whole group (about 40 people) were sent to Hawaii to "work on" a "project" that had to do with something I know very little about....."SAR" (or synthetic aperture radar) the whole reason behind sending 40 people to Hawaii for 4 or 5 months ? The "sea state"...( apparently the "waves" are somewhat different in Hawaii than they are off of the California coast, and apparently "SAR" is greatly affected by "waves" ?)
Anyway........my son was pretty "into" photography for a few years before he left for Hawaii, so he elected to "upgrade" his "kit", the better to "have more fun, take better pictures" while he's away from home; so he bought a new Nikon F5, about 6 lenses, a new CF Gitzo with an Arca Swiss B-1 ball head, and and a few K worth of "other goodies".
I was greatly surprised by Hawaii.......after my three weeks were about up, I decide to stay "longer" ( about 3 months longer )
Obviously, after shooting with my "then ancient", match-needle Canon F-1 part of the day, then shooting with the new F5 while the son was out flying around in a P-3 Orion, working on "SAR", I realized I also needed to "upgrade"; when I got back to Cincinnati, I spent about 6 months on Ebay, switching from Canon to Nikon, Gitzo, & Arca Swiss.
So.......at this point, I'm now enjoying shooting with what was the "primo" camera among travel and wild life shooters at the time, the Nikon F 5.
The only problem being.........my "timing" sucked ! Digital was just rearing it's ugly head ! ( But I kept right on, shooting Fuji Velvia; ) (for a couple of more years)
A couple of people in this thread have noted that buying film costs "lots of money"; (when you piddle around, shooting 8 fps, it gets VERY expensive, very quickly! ) (At that point in time, I was starting to feel a lot like Pierre !)
It took a few more years before I thought much about going digital; here I am, eye glasses and all, looking through what I consider to be, the single finest view finder ever put on a 35mm camera, and NOW, I'm gonna be obliged to "start all over", at the "bottom" !
Understand, I'm very accustomed to being about 3 years behind everyone else, equipment wise; hey....I'm a poor senior citizen ! how many $$$$ can I "justify", on what are , essentially (for me), "toys"? The quick answer to that is.........not nearly enough to own another Nikon digital body with a view finder half a nice as the F-5 ! If I was about to buy a new body tomorrow, (and I'm not), I'd look for the "best deal" I could find on a "moderately used" D 3s. ( Why not a D 4 you ask ? ) Because, there will be NO "deals" on D 4's for the next few years !
Not EVEN to mention...........in my wildest dreams, I can't even imagine EVER having to take "better pictures" than can be made with the superlative D3s.
I can only speak for one guy........me. I have no idea "how much camera" YOU need, and I have no idea how many $$$$ YOU can "justify" having, (essentially "tied up"), in something that DEPRECIATES about as fast as anything I can think of; (a D SLR body)
I might mention, in Hawaii. the son and I had the extreme pleasure of "playing with" a brand new Nikkor 600mm AF ED/ f4 lens, (which belonged to the U.S.N.) Two things came immediately to mind; anyone trying to shoot with a 600 mm lens, mounted on a ball head, better spend a few more $$$ and get himself a good gimbal head, PLUS, he/she needs to be a hell of a lot "richer" than I am ! (But it WAS a lot of fun !)