I know, I know...
I know there are many reasons that Kodak discontinued Technical Pan, but it's things like this that make me wonder if they did small runs at higher prices if it could be made to work...
Yes, eBay is often the place where people go a little nutty, but it seems that Tech Pan consistantly sells for a very high price. If people will pay over $4.00 per sheet for expired film...well, i dunno. I guess low sales killed it in the first place. I often wonder if Kodak did things a bit differently, i.e. letting everyone know that if sales do not increase dramatically film x or film y will disappear, if some of the discontinuations could slow down...
Let a fella dream, if only for a bit....
"Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it." -Paul Strand
Technical Pan was a superb film, and I used it with great results.
However as a film for general purpose photography its lacking in tonal quality. It became a cult film in the 80's at a time when the finest grain B&W films were not readily available in the US, only in Europe, meaning EFKE KB14 (Adox KB14/R14/PL14 that's the DIN speed it's now 25 ISO) and AP25 and the later APX25.
John Gossage, and a few others made it a cult film.
I was buying Tech Pan at $5 + a roll. It went to over $7.
Originally Posted by tjaded
That's when I quite buying. At the time, IIRC, Agfa 25 was
selling for just over $2.
Small runs? That is the industries' problem. A small run may
be miles of paper or film. Down sizing is needed. Film and paper
were money makers one hundred years ago. The production of
those two items needs a complete make-over. Kentmere
I believe has that under way. Dan