But there's more to consider than supply, cost, familiarity and even loyalty, film aficionados say.
Because digital photography allows for greater manipulation of light, contrast, color and other aspects, some say it's not clear at what point a quality photograph becomes a clever manipulation.
"With film, the contrast of the scene is more or less a function of the film," Spencer said. "If the light is very harsh or flat, you're more or less stuck with it. And with film, at least with color transparencies, that's true, too."
But by blending digital photography with software, "you can change contrast, work on the color balance," he said. "Before, they would say, 'Pictures don't lie.' But now, they do lie."
Still, one thing hasn't changed, Spencer said: "To obtain a good photograph, whether it's in the old view cameras or the latest digital, you still have to be a good photographer."