I own several film cameras, none of which I use any more. For my present purposes the Nikon D2X suffices, but a nice digital back for the view camera I have would be nice. As a sophisticated, experienced, and some-time professional photographer I find that the total control and instant access of digital photography are attributes too powerful to forsake.
I would use film for instances where a record must be generated, something that might be used in court, or whenever a legal question might arise. The negative will provide a record of the event that can not be manipulated after the exposure. On the very high end of film, a nice 4x5 chrome, scanned on a drum scanner, generates quality that even the hottest digital camera backs can't, but dragging along an E6 machine, a drum scanner, and a generator is a bother. Note that I would take the negative/chrome and scan it: I would not compemplate giving up control of my photo editing, manipulation, and output to a lab.
Even with the 12 mp Nikon I can up-res the photos to make 16x20 prints superior to film. Digital has, in the balance, too much in favor, yet film maintains that narrow niche. If you're new to digital, there is much to learn, as there is much to control. Take some classes, study Photoshop, join NAPP, and stick with it. Oh, take out a second mortgage at some point, too, for up-grades are lurking around the corner! Enjoy.
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