I didn't want to go back to film. I've been shooting digital for over 7 years now. I started on film, it was exciting, time consuming, and rewarding. Then I found digital. My AE-1 was my dad's and it was the first real camera I owned. (I say real, let's say...SLR. I know...every camera is real)
I moved over to Nikon and began using the D60. 10.2 MP of raw power baby. I was shooting rocks, trees, squirrels, and HDR (eek, back then we had no software to process it well) Back then I wasn't really processing photos at all. I'd load them up into Picasa, do some mild edits, and move on. Wipe the SD card and go back to shooting. Quantity became my quality for years. Got into habits of shooting 3-4 frames of the same thing. Your editing time goes up as you cull the many (many) repetitive shots that you take in digital. I wasn't getting better, I was just shooting a lot.
Not to mention, 35mm film was much prettier to process than a crop sensor digital. But digital was "free". I was broke, so the transition was made. Fast forward to now. I've shot for dozens of clients, many different digital cameras, and I'm now shooting on the Sony system. The work is good, but the feeling is not fun at times. It's point, meter, click, download. There is not much skill anymore in digital. Set it in aperture mode, dial in some compensation if needed, meter WB and shoot. The camera does not make you good, it's a tool. (The Sony a7rII is one heck of a tool though)
So why is film not dead? Well, it's still being made, and there is a niche of people still using film only or slowly migrating back to film. I'm turning into a snow bird, gradually returning back to my warm comfy film roots for the winter. As I age I pine the days when I had to meter a shot by hand, set the film speed and just worry about exposure value. Now I can carry a pocket chart in my phone or, *gasp*, my pocket. Now I have some off camera lighting and things can quite interesting when adding that into the mix. Film makes me take my time, and think about each shot. "Is it really worth this frame?"
My new toy and hopefully tool I can use professionally is the Mamiya 645 PRO. This pro version is highly modular with interchangeable film backs, prism, and grip. Mine is currently rigged with the power grip, a 220 film back, and a non-metered prism. I got it from the fine folks at Precision Camera with a set of 4 lenses, the 45 2.8, 80 2.8, 150 3.5, and 210 f/4. All the lenses are in great shape as is the camera and today I exhausted my first 15 shots at Lake Pflugerville. I'm excited to get the processed and digitized.
Film is not dead. It won't take over digital, but it's not dead. There is still a niche for it. Something about the colors and the texture that you get shooting the same settings as you would digital that you just get from the tangible film. Dynamic range is a key factor as film can be forgiving by a couple stops in either direction. (it has to be since you cannot change the ISO in camera to compensate)
It's exciting to be shooting on a sensor that is 3 times the size of a 35mm sensor. Some day I may add on a digital back which would let me use the same size sensor/lenses but yield direct raw files that I can post process. Having a hybrid system would be the best of both worlds.
If you are shooting film, let me know what you shooting with and leave me a comment with your site to see some work. I'll post some examples here once I get my first roll back.