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I wonder if those who make this claim ever even shot film, or have evaluated film images next to digital. The difference is clear as day.
I've shot thousands of rolls of film and can spot the difference with almost unerring accuracy.
Well, I too have shot film for years (since the mid 80's). Sill have half my old film cams,(though they mostly collect dust these days). I might even have a few remaining packs of fuji in the freezer.
I must say, you are correct about digital, no matter how clever they get, can never replicate an organic emulsion. Just not possible.
However, this sensor steps closer to this goal, and I think the thing from the POV of those who have souped lots of their own handiwork and printed with great care those results, that is something to enjoy progress toward. Incremental, yes, but closer in look and feel than the D1 I have sitting here, and I dare say they will find another way to "randomize" the look of those pixels further in the future.