Aerochrome is now discontinued

Discussion in 'Product Availability' started by EASmithV, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. EASmithV

    EASmithV Member

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    I received this in my inbox, figured you all should see. I wish we could pressure Fuji to make some color infrared film.

     
  2. DanielStone

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    well, this was bound to happen sometime... the digital sensors have taken over surveillance, along with high-flying, low(or never)-maintenance satellites. even aerial mapping for the most part is digital now....

    sad day indeed...

    -Dan

    listen to the 2nd one down on the page, they talk about having to store infrared and high speed films in SALT mines to keep them from fogging!

     
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    It's not necessarily dead yet. It just means we'll have to start making the film ourselves. :tongue:

    I may buy a roll or two, though if I recall, it's pretty expensive film. I've never even tried B&W infrared.
     
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    I got the email as well, always sad to see a product go. I bought 35mm Aerochrome off Dean but he had very limited supplies of that and now only sells 120 and sheet film. An exotic film.
     
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    Yeah, I got that email too, and here is what I am wondering.

    The National Forestry Service (or whatever US government agency over that department) signed a 10 year contract in 2008 with Kodak. In the contract, is said that Kodak Aerochrome III 1443 had to be produced for the US government until AT LEAST 2018. I saw the document.

    It is 2010. 2010 minus 2008 equals 2. 2 is a smaller number than 10. What the heck is going on? What kind of financial penalties does Kodak have to pay to the US government for not honoring their contract? Hell, I get raped by the government as an honest worker. Can you imagine how the government treats entities that break contracts with it???
     
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    The weak position of type 1443 had been clear before.

    And that it had been discontinued was already announced by Kodak in october last year and an order deadline given as december 31st.


    (It is is still listed on their website though. A matter of negligience, or they still have some on stock...)
     
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    This comes true for the larger surveying companies. But there are still one-plane, one-camera companies.
     
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    I best hurry up and order some, as I've just brought a MF camera so I can use some!
     
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    Advances of digital IR probably pushed the US Forestry Service to close the contract earlier than 2018.
     
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    For some reason he can't get the full-range color neg film which is what I want. I don't shoot IR or chromes.
     
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    What if the government broke the contract with Kodak?

    "Hey Kodak, we don't want any more IR film!"

    Does the US Government have to pay penalties?

    PE
     
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    Nah, it is Kodak's fault. It is always Kodak's fault, no matter what happens it is Kodak's fault. The earth quake in Haiti, Kodak. AL-Qadea, Kodak. My unbalanced front right wheel, Kodak. The bastards. :smile:
     
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    Mark, you forgot San Andreas. That's also Kodak's fault. :tongue:
     
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    Did you think it could be the GOVERNMENT who wanted to end the contract?