Vasco (and all),
I know that with my conventional SLR and lenses, I can produce an image every bit as sharp as pretty much any digital shooter. The difference is that my result ends up on film, their's ends up on a HD or CD.
Having looked through a lot of images on a.net over the year or so I've been here, I also know that I can scan a slide and get a result that holds its own against the rest of the scanned images - a reasonable result, and certainly one that is usually accepted here.
However, I also know that I cannot usually produce a scanned image that has the same smoothness, the same lack of grain, as is exhibited by the results from the quality end of the digital market - and note, I say the quality end. I also think that some of the far more experienced photographers who scan images have the same problem, or at least I think they do if I compare their results with some of the best of the digital stuff that's around.
I know there are standards, and I believe that these standards are currently set at a level that means that a photographer who goes about scanning in a consistant and quality oriented manner can still get results accepted, here. But it must be awefully difficult for the screeners - OK, so digital images can have their own unique problems, but faced with a super-smooth and sharp digital image, and following on from that a scan which probably doesn't have the quite the same look (has grain, etc), it must be tempting to reject the scanned image because it isn't as good as the previously viewed digital image in some way or another. As digital original images get more and more prevalent, probably because of the convenience if nothing else, this apparent gap is going to get more and more noticable - the screeners will see more and more digital images, and less scanned images, and the perception of quality difference in this reducing number of scanned images will subjectively get more and more marked. I suspect it inevitable that eventually the bar will be raised to the point where all but the very very best users of scanners will find themselves excluded, at least for regular material that can be catpured by anyone - the rare material is of course a different matter, where much of it simply isn't available on digital anyway.
Of course, all of this only applies to images that end up in a digital environment. I've yet to be convinced that a digital camera can produce a hard copy image to as high a quality as a good slide, certainly at higher print sizes.
There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots