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    I doubt that film will disappear before most of us are too old to shoot it. If it does I will make my own. In the 70's I experimented with making glass plates from an 1890's formula. The photographs turned out fine with the look of the era in which the formula was made. Not high tech but a decent image.

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    I worry more about film cameras - when will the manufacture of film cameras stop and before any one says that there are millions of used film cameras available (which is true), what about the skilled craftsmen to service and repair those film cameras? Apart from Leica and Cosina (Zeiss) who now manufactures film bodies in any volume. (Lomography?)


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    Less talk , more shooting. We are not immortals ourselves, even we must go one day. If we are to go then let us leave behind lots of developed negs or slides then XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    30 July 2032
    At about 2:37 in the afternoon.

    Quote Originally Posted by C.poulton View Post
    what about the skilled craftsmen to service and repair those film cameras?
    They are just machines designed and built by humans. Whilst there are intelligent people around (sometimes a rarity in itself) someone will be able to look at it, figure out why it doesn't work and repair it - even if it means making parts.

    It might not be financially viable but it will always be possible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh B View Post
    Vacuum tubes are still in production. They've not been used in new designs in over 50 years.
    Well, I have designed stuff using them in the last five years.

    Quote Originally Posted by eclarke View Post
    There are about 195 other countries then the USA, can't take the sheep herd behavior of Americans and extrapolatenit to the rest of the globe.
    I was surprised to learn that the US is just 4.5% of the world's population.


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    Maybe because I haven't finished my breakfast yet, but I just can't understand why the evil needs to constantly creep in APUG. I sincerely hope this thread will not turn into one of the far too many here about the death of the photo-industry.

    There are those pessimistic ones that spend their time thinking about the end of our art or thinking with "discolourating nostalgia" how much better the materials were when they poured more silver in it back in the old days, while the rest of us just make a print during the same time in the darkroom.

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    That will be a really dark time if film disappears. I don't care how good digital is or will be by that time, if we don't have a choice anymore that will be just plain sad.

    Ok, on a positive note, that WONT happen, so we can just chill out.
    All that really matters in the end is the image, not what your using to create it.

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    In the USA, isn't the incandescent light bulb about to be phased out? I'm not sure if/how this correlates to photo film and chemistry but a lot can happen with the stroke of a pen.

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    I would think first it would become a boutique only product. This morning, I saw rolls of 35mm Fuji 200 film at the gas station. Ten years after that stops happening, we'll see it available as a special-order product that Wal-Mart doesn't carry, and costs more, but it'll be available for at least 30 years after that in color, and probably 50 more in black and white.
    Think about it- if everyone stopped production, somebody would decide they could make money that way, and set their own price. Heck, if it was completely unavailable, I'd even consider investing in some equipment for making 35mm. It sounds like a viable market.

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    [QUOTE=Old-N-Feeble;1327524]In the USA, isn't the incandescent light bulb about to be phased out?QUOTE]

    Please don't let that happen. I had always counted on being able to buy all my incandescent bulbs in the U.S. in the event they are eventually banned here.



 

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