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    Kodak Clarification

    Through one of my many contacts, here's a quote I received via e-mail from a fairly high level executive in Kodak:
    Quote Originally Posted by Kodak
    I was asked to respond to your inquiry, since I am familiar with the issues you raise and would make a couple of key points.

    First Antonio Perez has heard from many people like you who are loyal film photographers -- both consumers and professionals. Kodak continues to offer the widest lineup of films and we continue to invest in the business -- as evidenced by the fact that a number of products carry "new and improved" labels because of our investment. We will continue to respond to the market and that market remains an attractive one, even as we reduce costs and cut back production in the face of the reality of lower demand for our traditional products.

    Regarding the statement correctly attributed to Mr. Perez, it obviously has been taken out of context. Today, in fact, Kodak is a heavily digital company, as revenues in these businesses, both consumer and professional, now surpass our traditional photo business. But in many ways, the businesses are also complementary and do work closely together. Mr. Perez was simply reflecting the need to move into businesses that are growing, and we have obviously been successful in doing so.

    Again, many thanks for your comments. You can be assured that we all this feedback from consumers very seriously.
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    Wow, A personal reply from the great yellow godfather...cool!

    Good to see this kind of thing. Thanks for sharing.
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    Wow, Kodak is subscribing to APUG! Who knew?

    That's really good news, thanks a million for posting this, Art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhv View Post
    Wow, Kodak is subscribing to APUG! Who knew?

    That's really good news, thanks a million for posting this, Art.
    I don't know how closely they follow APUG, but over on filmshooting.com, which caters to Super-8 and other small gauge cine shooters, they have a representative--John Pytlak--who is active, answers questions, and fields product requests in the way Simon Galley does for Ilford here. Kodak also takes out full page ads in small magazines like _Super-8 Today_. It would be nice if there was someone from the still film side at Kodak who could play a similar role on APUG.
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    No offense, Art, but I really don't see what that "clarified," except that maybe Kodak execs know how to try to pacify customers who complain. What, for example, does "we [take?] all this feedback from consumers very seriously" mean?
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    I'm guessing that they appreciate the feedback, but it needs to be reflected in sales for the products to continue on in the long haul.

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    "-- as evidenced by the fact that a number of products carry "new and improved" labels because of our investment. "

    So they've invested in some new packaging designs? Wow, that makes me feel so much better!

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    Jerry,

    There are new and improved products inside that packaging. And they do continue to produce the widest range of film.

    Best,
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    That 'new and improved' includes 2 electron sensitization which has given another 10 years of life to motion picture by ratcheting up quality a notch against digital. It took that many years of research as well to get it out there.

    I might add that Kodak is advertizing and sponsoring a Portra contest over on PN (or they were a few weeks back when last I saw it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I don't know how closely they follow APUG, but over on filmshooting.com, which caters to Super-8 and other small gauge cine shooters, they have a representative--John Pytlak--who is active, answers questions, and fields product requests in the way Simon Galley does for Ilford here. Kodak also takes out full page ads in small magazines like _Super-8 Today_. It would be nice if there was someone from the still film side at Kodak who could play a similar role on APUG.
    Well, it looks like somebody has now an assignment... Sean?
    Last edited by David A. Goldfarb; 01-25-2007 at 05:05 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Typo in my own quote.
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