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    No Steve, I went by roughly the same route. I've gone from a Nikon digicam (which died), via medium format to sheet film and the Speed Graphic. I suspect there are a few who've done the same thing!

    Euan

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    Here is the bottom line; if there is a buck to be made film will be made.

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    Just go out and shoot! I used to shoot and develop BW back in High School 15+ years ago, and then did bought a DSLR a few years ago. Enjoyed that for a while, and then moved straight in to Large Format and Medium Format. The DSLR sits on the shelf, and is used only for Ebay pictures. I have met several others who have switched from digital back to traditional photography.

    I think that the market is going to consolidate some, and some companies will go out of business/drop some product lines. But I think there are going to be survivors, Ilford I am sure will be one.

    You may not be able to go down to the local camera store and buy film like you once did, but you will be able to get it online from a number of sources.

    I would not worry to much!

    Gary

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    As the others have said, it'll be around in one form or another. Worse comes to worst and you can make your own (look up a book called "Primitive Photography"). I myself have built up a hoard of film that I use and replenish as a hedge against availability and price. I haven't tried to buy a "lifetime" supply as I'm not sure what that would be, and constantly replenishing my stock keeps up business for those willing to produce film. I shoot almost entirely B&W from 120 up to 8x20, so the film age is not as critical as it might be with color. My freezer has more film than food.

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    I have little doubt that the long-term prognosis for film is not good - but I don't think anyone can put parameters on what is "long-term".

    While it is true that a considerable majority of all kinds of photographers (pros, amateurs and snapsters) have adopted digital, as of now, film remains readily available, as does processing (for those like me who don't do their own). Also, other than Konica-Minolta and Agfa, both of which had bigger problems than just film, I'm not aware of any major companies abandoning film altogether. And, as some have pointed out, new manufacturers/suppliers have entered the business.

    I have become a hybrid shooter in that I find that while I prefer the image capture of film, I enjoy processing via Photoshop. Perhaps it is hope over reality, but I do believe I perceive a better quality of image from scanned film (i.e. I use a Nikon 5000D scanner) over what would be a "comparable" digitally-shot image with my DSLR. Hopefully there will remain enough photogs out there who agree with my quality asessment for a long time to come thus ensuring at least a specialist-sized market for film.

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    I think long term means centuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kershaw
    I think long term means centuries.
    As quick as that?
    Regards Dave.

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    Given that some people are still having fun with glass plates while some still use PAINT to capture an image I think that 35mm, 120 and LF film may be around for some time yet .
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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    Sorry, I would have posted my reply here, but it was too long.

    http://www.cameramentor.com/index.php?topic=3.0

    Smooches,

    Wiggy
    Best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wigwam Jones
    Sorry, I would have posted my reply here, but it was too long.

    http://www.cameramentor.com/index.php?topic=3.0

    Smooches,

    Wiggy
    Oh to live in your world of absolutes, Wiggy.

    Too bad we don't know enough to quit right now.

    Somehow, I'll take your ironclad answer with a grain of salt and continue in this doomed enterprise called film.

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