The first question should be ‘why shooting film when digital image nowadays is so convenient.’ There have been plenty of discussions over the choice between digital and film. I do not intend to go into this here. Those shooting film (including myself) would still believe the supreme quality film produces. But why shooting black and white film? This is perhaps related to the debate over choosing film and digital. As a matter of fact, digital photographs could match the quality of film in most circumstances, except black and white. You could convert digital colour images into mono ones, but there is always something missing from digitally converted black and white images.
If you are still in doubt about this. Shooting large format black and white is something cannot be matched by today’s digital equipment. For someone like myself seeking ultimate perfection in images that do justice to what you try to express, I would not accept ‘enough.’ Although there is always room to improve for any image, but at least I need to convince myself that I have done the best I could with all means.
I am waiting for the day when digital technology could finally match the quality from film, black and white film.