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    Will Kodak be King...again?

    I'm starting to think that Kodak is going to be king of the b&w world very soon.

    With the latest Agfa and Ilford news, and Kodak's new black and white paper, they are starting to look like they might come out on top. Again.

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    Fingers crossed David.
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    At the LF conference in April, the Kodak rep said they internally had been shocked that the sales of their color film had risen. They had thought it was dying. He also predicted that within 5 years the market will have calmed down and there would be a large resurgence with people coming back to film. It is a trickle now, but a growing trickle.

    Ok call me overly optimistic. It is better than a pity party.

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    David,

    The world is a strange and wonderful place. It could happen......

    But with Kodak's prices on film?????????
    I wouldn't think they would be king again.

    Are their films three to five times better then others?
    They are often priced three to five times the price of other films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Losse
    David,
    Are their films three to five times better then others?
    They are often priced three to five times the price of other films.
    In my opinion, with TMY, the answer is yes.
    hi!

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    Maybe they'll reintroduce Panatomic X. :o
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    I've read that the neg in Polaroid type 55 is Panatomic-X. It does have that look, but it seems odd that they would still make it for Polaroid, but wouldn't sell it as ordinary film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    I've read that the neg in Polaroid type 55 is Panatomic-X. It does have that look, but it seems odd that they would still make it for Polaroid, but wouldn't sell it as ordinary film.
    Kodak is weird about marketing films. I spent 2 months talking to a marketing person about getting a custom order of 12x20 Tmax400. This would have been over $10,000 worth of film, and we had the commitments. It was all 'yes, sure, we can do that', but in the end, a bean counter up the chain decided that it was too much trouble to create a new catalog number for the film in that size. 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. The prevailing attitude seems to be that we should learn to like what they want to give us, thus the 'we suggest Tmax100 as a replacement' for (take your pick) a) copy film b) tech pan c) plus-x d) verichrome pan

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    Tmax100 certainly sounds like a miracle film...

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    Good Afternoon,

    Worth three to five times more? Probably not, but T-Max 100, if not a "miracle film," is certainly excellent--and extremely flexible with varied development. Can't disagree with Brian on TMY; it's a big improvement on Tri-X, especially in 35mm and 120, but it's TMX I'd real hate to lose.

    Konical

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