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    I expect Kodak to spin off the rest of it's analog lines just has they did with both the B&W chemistry and medical imaging lines. Once the analog is spun off we will have a better picture of the product line. Who knows, new managment may even be tempted to bring back it B&W paper line.

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    Another issue of concern in regards film, is that most (not all) manufacturers have all but abandoned the production of new film cameras. Certainly the field in medium-format is very limited now, also 35mm, even though there is a mini-surge in rangefinder type 35mm cameras. Pentax, Minolta, Yashica/Contax, etc....all out of the game of film cameras. Hasselblad is almost out. Is Mamiya still making medium format bodies? I really don't know. The point being here, is that stores don't have much in the way of new cameras using film to attract first time buyers, just digital., so even if they still stock film, they don't stock film cameras. It is a puzzle how to move forward with public awareness. The large-format world is in much better shape, but this is not beginner territory.

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    Actually Per at Kodak is doing us a huge favor. They are preconditioning us for their withdrawal from the market place. Imagine if they just announced that they were going to move their company and would be out of business for 3 to 6 months and didn't respond to any emails or phone calls leaving everyone out to dry?

    It's a funky business that doesn't resemble anything like the models I was taught in college. What's needed is for Walmart to start supplying black and white film and paper. Always low prices Always. We need the pull of some company that is aggressive in the procurement department. Imagine if you could go to a Walmart and get film, paper, chemicals and accessories? World wide supply, any country, any time.

    For years I used Panatomic-X, last year ago I started using Ilford Pan 50 in 120 and now I really like it. I wish it was available in 5x7 then I wouldn't have to sit at the computer wasting my time instead of out photographing.
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    Sorry you guys, but reading some of this stuff is pretty funny. Keep it coming.

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    Cameras are a sore point for me.

    It is another reason why I feel that LF cameras will probably be the Analog wave of the future. They can be maintained more easily due to their ruggedness and relative simplicity. And, the film does not have to be really fine grained and really sharp for good results.

    As the more complex 35mm cameras fail, then repair parts vanish and repair eventually may become impossible. IDK.

    Art;

    I really don't see this as being that funny. It is serious stuff to me. Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Cameras are a sore point for me.

    It is another reason why I feel that LF cameras will probably be the Analog wave of the future. They can be maintained more easily due to their ruggedness and relative simplicity. And, the film does not have to be really fine grained and really sharp for good results.

    As the more complex 35mm cameras fail, then repair parts vanish and repair eventually may become impossible. IDK.

    Art;

    I really don't see this as being that funny. It is serious stuff to me. Sorry.

    PE

    I agree.

    It's part of why I just bought a 4x5 press camera, JIC. If smaller formats begin to die, I'll move to bigger formats (8x10) as chemical photography moves back to its pre-film roots / era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Art;

    I really don't see this as being that funny. It is serious stuff to me. Sorry.

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    You are misunderstanding me Ron. Too long to explain and I don't have time right now. I will PM you later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougGrosjean View Post
    It's part of why I just bought a 4x5 press camera, JIC. If smaller formats begin to die, I'll move to bigger formats (8x10) as chemical photography moves back to its pre-film roots / era.
    I'll start building 'survival shelter' too. I think the end of the world is more probable myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr82bart View Post
    I'll start building 'survival shelter' too. I think the end of the world is more probable myself.

    Regards, Art.
    Have you tried to buy a slide-rule lately?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougGrosjean View Post
    Have you tried to buy a slide-rule lately?
    I have my dad's. And I know how to use it too. Scary and sad.

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