Having recently bought a new compact digicam and a dSLR, I decided to go through my old photography magazines. I read an artlicle in a 2001 Practical Photographer stating that finally dSLR was available at "affordable" prices to the consumer market. They were talking about the EOS D30 at 2200 pounds (3 megapixel camera). What made it a "bargain" was that the equivalent Nikon went for nearly double that price. I showed the article to my wife to justify my very cheap purchases in 2004. She asked me what the current consensus is on quality of digital vs film cameras. I didn't know the answer but went into technospeak about how digital cameras vary greatly and film cameras can get totally differnet images based on the type of film used, processing parameters etc. She saw right through my ignorance and said that if you ask people if they think CD is better than LP, at least 90 % would agree and a few nerds would insist that LP is better. This would be based on the fact that most people would appreciate the crackle and pop - less sound of CD. I then said that using that analogy, I guess most people would say that digital is better than film as most people get dust and hair etc on negatives. So what is the concensus?