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    Funny thing about our culture - If you asked a mother what she would run into her house for if it was on fire, she would say the photo albums. They are the only thing that cannot be replaced. Now we have a few years of mom shooting digi and what artifact does she have? Is she going to dash in for her CPU or a stack of CDs? Digi mom can go to Wallyworld and get a chem print off of their memory sticks but how well is this really catching on? It adds a step .. she might pick some good ones and print those. There really is a gap showing up in our historical record now though. Even the bad prints survived to show us the unwashed side of our experience. Now those images just get deleted. 35mm is really easy for the moms though - the battery is rarely dead. No downloading or sorting through - NO CHIMPING. Just take the roll to the local photo lab and in an hour a stack of prints. Plus the cameras are quite powerful, affordable and available. I really do see that many will come back to emulsion. Does that mean we get to keep FP4, Techpan and APX100? Likely not. At least there will be one or two survivors.

    Another wierd thing - Almost every other art type has a stable supply of materials for artists to embrace. You don't learn that red oil paint is no longer going to be made. What about us? Our art is tied to a small cadre of companies trying to weather this storm and with some sinking, we will certainly have to be more adaptable than other artists. I am not looking forward to a shinking number of choices.

    ... oh - in a burning building - I go would go for the negatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Keyes
    Clay wrote, "So we ended up with Tri-X, but strangely enough, they did not even bother to put it in 12x20 film boxes. They just slapped new labels on some old 16x20 paper boxes that they had. I don't really mind this except that I think it is an indication that they are not terribly concerned with what we really want."

    You're upset that you talked Kodak into doing a custom run for you because they did not use the "right" size of box for packaging? Perhaps next time you need to include the box design into your negotiations and see how much having custom made 12x20 boxes adds to the price of the run. I suspect you will be wishing they had just slapped the film into some of those 16x20 boxes they have laying around already...
    My intent was not to 'whine', just to point out that only two years ago when I placed the same kind of order, they had enough corporate pride in their product to care what it looked like when it went out the door. It is an observation, not a frickin' complaint.

    I think it is a valid data point illustrating what they as a company consider important. The message seems to be "I'll do something as long as it doesn't take a lot of effort. Frankly I could not give a sh** what sort of box the stuff came in, but I do care about what I see as a decline in Kodak's interest in their traditional product line. My interpretation of this small thing is that it indicates it may not take much of a reason at all for Kodak to just kill off the sheet film business completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fhovie
    Funny thing about our culture - If you asked a mother what she would run into her house for if it was on fire, she would say the photo albums. They are the only thing that cannot be replaced. Now we have a few years of mom shooting digi and what artifact does she have? Is she going to dash in for her CPU or a stack of CDs?

    ... oh - in a burning building - I go would go for the negatives.
    Two years ago (I think it was 2) we had this exact situation... Grass fire fanned by strong winds heading straight for our house. I was out (buying ink for the inkjet printer!) and my wife loaded up the car with her negatives (mostly pics of the kids), my negatives (all in folders) and various legal documents. She's quite organised and keeps the negs in boxes. Afterwards we identified a bit of a problem.. there were so many she only just got them into the car! She didn't get several boxes of older photos (with negs) that are from our pre-organised days. I got home and wasn't confident I could lay my hands on my last computer backup (or what had happened since when I'd last done it) so pulled all the cables from the PC and stuffed the CPU box in my car. At this stage the fire brigade had arrived and setup in our backyard (we invited them in cause we figured they'd be in the right spot to protect our house!) and the need to exacuate had passed.

    From this we have organised some of our things a bit better, made a list of things to grab, but still have to organise a few things... including...

    Digicam files! Bought one recently to see how it would fit in with my wifes rampant photographing the kids (she averages about 40 rolls a year). At the moment we've got 500+ files on the PC that I have yet got around to backing up or getting printed. I think about it often enough but just can't find the inclination to do a final edit before saving to CD.

    Along the same lines of disappearing memories, my wifes parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend. We've knocked together a slide show covering their 40years of marriage because we happen to have their collection of Kodachromes! Using 40-50yo digital technology... that will be interesting! I'll probably get off my lazy butt and save my digifiles and re-copy them now and then. However, most people don't seem to care so it may not be a problem for them. Of those that do care, they think a CD-R is permanent...

    And... those Kodachromes look pretty good! The Ektachomes and others haven't fared too well with significant colour shifts and fading. Just the other day I read where Kodak are no longer selling Kodachrome in Australia, and any that you want processed has to go to Switzerland with a approx 6 week turnaround.. and I was just about to go back to Kodachrome as I don't have great faith in E6 even if they have advanced the longevity... don't really know... only time will tell!

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    D******l Saves Lives!

    No reason risk your life dashing into a burning building to save some CD R/Ws that are just going to decay in a few years anyway.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I buy Tri X 135-36 that was made in the USA, Finished in England and imported back to the US for more than a dollar less per roll than Tri X that was made and stayed here.

    You figure it out... I can't.
    huh ...
    i was told that the only film acutally made in the usa is fuji film ... the base is made here in rhode island, and shipped to north carolina where it is coated and loaded into 35mm cartridges &C ...

    oops, i think i just answered my own question ... that is COlor film, not BLack and WHite ...

    nevermind

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    [QUOTE=jnanian]huh ...
    i was told that the only film acutally made in the usa is fuji film ...

    Besides all of Kodak's B&W film, I have never seen any Kodak color film that was not made in the USA. Even Kodak film from Japan, which is printed entirely in Japanese except for one thing: Made in USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    In my opinion, with TMY, the answer is yes.
    Amen. I pay approximately $160.00 / box (8 x 10 - 50 sheets) delivered. For a film with such marvelous characteristics and Kodak's quality control, that's cheap.

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