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    Do you really think it 's a bad news? Kodak has been saying for a long time that they want to exit film market. SO, that is what they do. But when they will be out, kodak will certainly be very ill, maybe dead. It's a choice of this company. Bad choice, but their. Fuji made other (good) choices and that's is good news!
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    All these films are old and very niche films. EPN was a great copy film, but digital is on par. EPN, EPR are 1970's formulas (PE will correct me) with big grain for their speed and have a very small following. HIE was/is a one of a kind, but commercial use seems to have gone away and consumer use was probably never enough to sustain it. This is not the sky is falling or Kodak is evil. This is (probably) a long over due business decision. I liked EPN because is crossprocessed so well and if you wanted a dead neutral trany it was the only choice. Other than freaks like me (and other APUGers) or the rare lab shooting 4x5 or 8x10 copy. who is going to spend 7.00 on a roll of film that is 2 stops slower and has larger grain than provia?

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    I assume time is coming for someone to show up with a doable recipe for spectrally re-sensitizing off-the-shelf films. To the IR then.

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    What a shame. I liked the HIE in 135-format. However, this was expected, as jd pointed out: niche films...
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    I always found HIE too grainy to use in 35mm anyway.

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    Do not worry: Rollei are coating a very good IR film, and Ilford produces SFX, near IR film. So I won't miss kodak.
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    The HIE was exceptional in its kind of sensitation.

    See my post above from that perspective.

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    Another one bites the dust then...
    I don't use either of the colour films, but I did like HIE.
    It's odd, as when they discontinued EIR a couple of months back, they said that HIE was sticking around.
    I think Kodak are reaching the "critical mass" where they (or their continuous coaters) are too big for the market.
    It would be nice if they could set up a line similar to Ilford's, which can chop and change very rapidly between products - I guess the cost can't be justified though.
    If they carry on like this, I think Mr. Perez's statements will be coming true soomer than expected.
    Lens caps and cable releases can become invisible at will. :D

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    . I guess I'm going to need to buy a stockpile of HIE for the freezer to sit next to the EIR that's already in there (and which I'm too afraid to ever shoot because I know I'll never get the chance again...)
    Another day goes under; a little bourbon will take the strain...

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    I won't really miss HIE either but the lack of a anti halo backing did give it a special look that the other IR films don't have. Except for that one from Maco, I think it was called Aura or something, and was available in 5x4.... that was a good film.
    Is it still made?
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