I just returned from the Christmas party that was held for co-workers and their family members. It's become quite evident that I'm only one of two people who still shoot film. Everyone else now uses 3 to 4 MP digicams. I asked the most vociferous advocate of digital photography how many pictures he's actually had printed. He told me he had 30 printed, by Ritz, since he purchased the camera in the summer time. During that same interval, he's shot over 1500 pictures with the camera. Most of those have been classified and stored on his computer. That ubiquitous and truly annoying question was constantly asked of me: "When are you going to go digital?" My worry is that if everyone goes digital, there won't be any reason to make film anymore. I'm probably not alone in this feeling, as stated by Dante Stella recently: Dante Stella's view In defending 35mm film, I gave these arguments. 1)True wide angle views 2)Shallow depth of field. I usually combine 1 and 2 by using a lens such as the 35mm f/1.4 wide open. The resulting pictures usually make the digicam user's eyes pop out, wondering how such a thing can be done. 3) Ability to change color palette by changing film 4)Durability of film cameras, and images. I am still using a 20 year old Nikon F3. How many people would want to keep using a 4 megapixel digicam 20 years from now? B&W photographs last longer than a lifetime. Kodachrome slides also are very long lived. Most inkjet prints that I've seen will fade in a year or two. 50 years from now, it will still be easier to look at a slide than to figure out what image is on a CD-ROM. 5) Greater resolution 6) Greater sharpness. Digital cameras use deliberate unsharpening by way of an anti-aliasing filter to prevent moire patterns from forming. This tendency is because of the regular spacing of the photodetector arrays. Mathematically, it has been shown that maximum sharpness is only attained when the photodetector is arranged in completely random patterns. Of course, that's what the random arrangement of silver halide particles in film give you. 7) Grain. It has a unique beauty to itself, otherwise why do people still use Tri-X? Some degree of grain increases apparent sharpness, due to factor #6 above. 8) It is still much easier to put together a presentation by sorting slides on a light table than by using power point. I try to utilize all these factors by shooting with slow film such as Kodachrome 64. I prefer using wide-angle, fast lenses shot wide open. While it may not ultimately save 35mm film from oblivion, at least those who view the images can understand that 35mm can give a beautiful look that is not easily replicated by digital. Do you have a tip on now to maximize the imaging potential of 35mm film?