Film still holds a place in my heart and I'll continue to shoot color slide as long as they make it. I'm a fan of Provia and Velvia but I do like to shoot the occasional roll of B&W. You can ever replicate the dynamic range that film has with digital. It will come close but it's never the same.
A V500 for 150 would be sick. I bought my canon 8800f a few years back for around 200 I think. It has an led light source so it doesn't warm up, and I get awesome 120 scans and decent 35mm scans out of it.
I almost never use my 5D anymore. Right now I do most of my shooting with my Toyo 45 GII 4x5 studio camera, and I just got a 6x12 pinhole that is pretty fun. We also have a Hassy 503C and a Mamiya RB67 at school that I check out every one in a while. I am going to use film for as long as I can! I doubt digital will ever be able to come close to what my 4x5 camera can do.
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I got to use a 4x5 in highschool, but we had to use printing paper as negatives... I'd love to work with a camera like that but it seems to be expensive as hell to do, plus I gotta pay for other stuff. The whole process of using something like that is sick though, the other two kids in that class who were using it were annoyed by the whole thing though. Not quick enough for them.
I have a Canon AE-1 that I still use from time to time...I've stopped for a while cause my Darkroom had to get taken down and I haven't been able to put it back up - not too mention chemicals are expensive, but I do still love shooting with real film every now and then.
Tape does not automatically mean it's digital. Old tape delays are analog, along with the tapes used in every recording studio prior to the digital era. I don't know the exact science, but digital cassette is able to store metadata via binary, whereas analog tape is your basic, workhorse sine wave.