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Rapid demise of photographic film.

By ozi Eagle ·
I've started this thread because this topic started to become discussed in another thread about hard disk back up.

In my city ( pop 200 000), Kodak no longer processes film at their kiosks. Their independant franchisees may still process it, as well as other independants.

A few days ago, on the news, it was reported that AGFA had gone belly up, and shut its doors after over 89 tears in the film making business.

Now it is reported at

that Konic Minolta is shutting down their camera and film manufacturing, after being in the business since 1903.

Is this the beginning of the end for film based photography?

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seams like it

by NZ_Justice In reply to Rapid demise of photograp ...

maybe the should set up shop in third world countries where they don't have computers or digital, Afganisatn maybe

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by mjd420nova In reply to Rapid demise of photograp ...

But I hope not, not soon any way. The digitals
are just now reaching the optical equivilents
of 35MM film cameras. I won't give up on an
SLR with the lenses up to 500MM fixed. I've
not seen a device that will replace a 35MM
roll of film with a CCD and associated hard-
ware to output on USB. I'd pay $500. for
one but I guess I'm dreaming. A nice package
for a designer and the newer CCD devices are
getting pretty dense with close to 5MP. I
do understand the focus problems and think
that it can be overcome with some smart devices
and sharp programmers.

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Middle of the end

by svenskapoyk In reply to Rapid demise of photograp ...

Digital is here to stay regardless of the pros/cons of digital vs. film. One of the reasons that many professionals have gone digital is for the lack of processors, which have either gone belly-up or converted to printing from digital. Digital quality not only will, but has attained the quality and resolution of most film that is available. Digital quality for the average user of a point and shoot camera is going to be good to excellent, but the average user of a Digital SLR (DSLR) is going to find the PNS quality in the beginning, better than that of the DSLR because of the learning curve of how to use the DSLR to it best advantage and shooting in RAW format. If you know lots about film SLR's go the DSLR route, if you don't know lots about SLR settings, apertures, shutter speeds, color correction, etc. the I'd advise going with a good point and shoot digital camera and learn to use it and you'll be happy with the results, especially as better digital processing becomes available. Good luck.

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