Bottom line is this.
I can absolutely build a set of circumstances where every format film or digital that has been mentioned here I could shoot (within a specific scenario) and prove technically that that format was superior.
We all say it 1000 times a minutes but all the matters is the photo. On this top of this forum is a banner ad, for some metallic silver paper. Has an interseting image of a woman in white holding some silver thing.
With the right post work I can shoot from 6 to 80 mpx and even the most trained, pixel peeping, chart making tech loving cat will never tell the difference.
So the real bottom line is if it works for you, your images are beautiful (to you and if you work for commerce the people that pay you) if you love photography, then go with what you like, produce great work and live a happy life.
If ol' Ansel built a 10 lightbulb contact printer then good for him, that's thinking outside of the box, or in this case inside the box and if he did it he did it to present the best image possible, from selection to final.
Isn't that the goal?
Me, right now I dig those olympus 43 omds. I can build a film, shoot them like I use to shoot 35mm cameras before they got the size of a mini cooper and .. . ok hold it . . . I gotta confess. I love those cameras but since I'm such a contrarian I also love the fact that not a lot of professional photographers use them.
I firmly believe that the reason I stuck with the Contax/Phase so long was because everybody else gave up. I like different stuff, but what I like really has nothing to do with anyone else's work.