But any professional or even many amateurs know that given a good linear sensor and quality lens, you can recreate any color warmth or feeling of film you want, after taking the shot, and you don't have to wait 3 days of dunking film in a developing tank to find out how it turned out.
I'm a "professional" photographer in the fact that I sell portraits and requested stock images occasionally. Digital can NOT replace film as a drop in. It doesn't matter what you do in Lightroom / PhotoShop. It doesn't matter what plugins you use for effects, even the high dollar ones that are meant to replicate older films and development settings only come CLOSE.
The people who want this film back are the ones developing and printing from home, not the ones that take their film rolls to the local drug store to be butchered in a machine that hasn't had the developing fluids changed in the last decade. So no, it doesn't take "three days" either. Hell, just developing film at a dedicated photolab only takes something like 2-3 hours for the most part.
That isn't saying digital is bad; you can get beautiful shots on digital, don't have to scan in the negatives to get digital copies, and it's without a doubt much cheaper since a memory card can be re-used many times unlike a roll of film. It just can't be a drop in replacement for film in many situations.
Don't even get me started on medium format digital prices either. They are just insane.
Heck, I (and every other smartphone user) can re-create every film response I want with Instagram or Photoshop. That was Instagram's whole point originally.
well, you kind of can, but it's just a real shitty imitation. Even if you could reliably and accurately reproduce the film color and grain pattern ( which again, you can't ), what are you going to do about the shitty super tiny sensor on that phone? What about the absolute shit glass lenses that phones use?
Even APS-C sensors are pretty bad at recording data compared to the resolution that some of the classic "super films" had. Older films had higher resolutions than precision ground glass can reach, allowing you to capture literally every detail possible.