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Re: Kodak shriks with changing times

One thing that news reporters never seem to learn is that the
biggest users of films are those who don't have cameras. On
one end there is a big market for release prints of motion
picture, and on another end there is medical imaging
application. These guys keep the emulsion plant running and
the rest of us (especially the pictorial b&w films) are
dealing with a market of size far smaller than those.

Another thing that those reporters never seem to realize is
that the last 8mm movie camera was discontinued in mid-1980,
but there are companies (namely Fujifilm and Eastman Kodak
Company) who still supply film for 8mm movie cameras. It is
quite fallacious to imply that, if the last 35mm camera is
discontinued today, the world becomes filmless tomorrow. For
past few years, the decline in film camera market was very
steep, but that in film market was more gradual. Indeed, all
camera manufacturers in Japan combined ship merely a couple of
hundred medium and large format cameras every month, and they
could drop to zero any day, but I don't think 120 and 4x5 film
will disappear anytime soon.

My favorite Kodak:


Ryuji Suzuki
"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." (Miles Davis)