Kodak's Film issues

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  1. texascpa

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    I am not an industry insiders. I am a small town CPA in the Texas. I've seem many companies and several industries come and go. Kodak has several viable and broken business under the umbrella named Kodak.

    The only one I am interested in is the film business. Kodak's issues is one of size. There manufacturing plants and machinery is too big and too fast what has become the new sales volumes. We see several other player in the market place, and FreeStyle seems to investing to keep the hobby/art alive.

    I can only think that Kodak's brass is going to find a way to stay in the film market. It can be a very profitable business center.

    I plan to shoot film for long time. I will be shooting Kodak B&W. I have faith the some business leader will step forward to right size the infastructure to keep Kodak's film business going.


    Alfredo
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    Hello Alfredo and welcome to APUG. I have similar hopes as you do. Thanks for your refreshing post.
     
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    Hi Alfredo, and to echo Fotch above - great to hear there are those out there rooting for Kodak. They've sure made some "poor decisions" as I will call them over the years, but many of us would be extremely happy for the next generation to grow up shooting Kodak like we did. :smile:
     
  4. Roger Cole

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    We certainly hope so.

    I could live without Kodak for black and white but I would rather not. There's no other film quite as good as TMY-2 and no other film quite like Tri-X (both the 400 and 320 versions.)

    My main worry and I think that of many others is the color film market. Kodak ceded (for now anyway, see the other recent thread) the transparency market to Fuji and I've no idea how much longer they will make the stuff and, in any case, they already canceled their best film, Astia. You can still get it in 120 and 4x5, but it's remaining stock. Kodak color neg beats Fuji handily these days and I'd really like to see it continue (and the black and white, and a return of Ektachrome 100G and VS and...)
     
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    I think that Kodak would have trimmed their film production capacity much sooner except the management was using that revenue to fuel the fire for digital products.

    Certainly the worldwide recession and US near-depression over the past several years played a serious role.

    Now, unshackled b y the digital albatross, Kodak can concentrate on coated products and get themselves righted.

    I look forward to the return of Ektachrome and Plus-X in the near future. Maybe in special order quantities but I think it will come back.

    I will be deeply saddened if we lose Kodak gold in 35mm. When that's gone the game is over for good.
     
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    Alfredo, welcome to APUG!
     
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    Welcome Alfredo.

    I think Kodak has only two options:

    1. Become a much smaller but profitable film company.
    2. No longer be a company.

    I hope option 1 works out for them.


    Steve.
     
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    I think we're all rooting for Kodak. Too many people already think film is dead.
     
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    It doesn't help to mention that yet again...! :pouty:
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    If you don't mind, I have a quick questions about my taxes :laugh:
     
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    Stephen, the answer is that I do not pay taxes in Texas.

    Next question?
     
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    Sorry!
     
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    :pouty::blink::munch::laugh:
     
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    I'm rooting for film, period. I'm sick of hearing all the so-called "experts" at sites like the Creative Cow and Pixiq saying that film is dead and then sinking their teeth into us film users, telling us we're Luddites that don't change or constantly telling us "Adapt or die," especially when many film users also use digital. :mad:

    I'd love to see their "expertise" proven wrong in the future.

    My dad loves to say: "An expert is a drip under pressure."
     
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    Relax a bit, it is Internet hype man, if you talk to industry people in person you wont find nearly as much of this crap, seriously.

    Buy film, shoot film, make the best images you can and show them, be a good front man for the cause of film, that is what I do and feel pretty good about it.

     
  16. Poisson Du Jour

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    TexasLangGenius, they are not "experts" by any stretch of interpretation, just loudmouths out to poison the alternative art of film photography: a vociferous minority in the Kumbaya-holding hands style of toxic activism. The vast majority of digital "experts" have no formal training in the craft of photography like so many of us who have studied it at tertiary level then worked in business. Their knowledge is hand-me-down and in a great many cases just heresy. They will be proven wrong in the future, they've already been proven wrong in stating ad nauseum how superior their method of photography is over the traditional means (something we learned and wise have known since Nelson lost an eye). Let's not get all hot and bothered while we currently have so much variety in film and instead of idle discourse, load up the cameras and get out there and shoot!