Taking a step back, I see the significance of your premise, John.
In other words, fast forward to 2020 and will you be able to with the same degree of ease, reference your digital files as though retrieving the shoebox, opening, and holding up to the light, the instant visibility of the image.
A retiring Fuji film representative told me a decade ago
that he would argue that film is:
- A proven technology to store images
- Low cost of acquisition/operation
- Durable storage medium that is universally compatible
- Can function without electricity
Of course, we had a good chuckle about that, but the implications of his statement are solid points to ponder. This does not mean we are to abandon our digital technology, but to make the effort to meet the need for retrieving our images in 2020 with the same degree of ease and reliability of "the shoebox."
P.S. as a completely shameless plug, we have a Flextight scanner in our rental pool for this exact scenario: shoebox + film = digital file.