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    Let's try to be optimist.

    This news can actually improve the probabilities that Fuji can go on producing slide film waiting for demand to recover (a new interest for analogue, for slide projections, sometime in the future);

    Same can be said for Agfa, the only other colour material producer left;

    Somebody might acquire Kodak machines, technologies and patents relating to E-6 products and start a new business venture. This is not necessarily impossible. Present day Kodak is in a situation where they cannot devote money and energies to reinvent this market. A new venture focused on doing this might instead succeed.

    Slide film was in any case a very small volume of sales for Kodak. PE said already years ago that E-6 would have been the first to go. Negative materials (both colour and black & white) sell many times more than slide film.

    E-6 processing, as opposed to Kodachrome processing, is something that every small laboratory can do, and even amateurs at home can do. Sending by mail a roll and receiving the slides back was usual practice in many countries several years ago. Processing should go on without a problem, at least in countries with an efficient mail system.

    Let's not forget how mechanical watches recovered after the years in which quartz seemed to have killed them. That's even more striking than the vinyl resurgence IMO.

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    Just an FYI, I've merged a couple of threads.

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    Kinda odd when you consider Fuji is still making a new MF camera and have recently released another with a shorter focal length. So what gives there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneR View Post
    Just an FYI, I've merged a couple of threads.
    I'll give you $100 if you ban a couple of posters....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneR View Post
    Just an FYI, I've merged a couple of threads.
    Suzanne:

    A thread title change might be in order - so far there is no indication that the Kodak Ektachrome 100D movie film is discontinued.

    Something like: "Kodak discontinues all colour reversal still films"
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    Sorry to see the disappearance of competing E-6 films, but I think Fuji's been winning in this game for years now, even if it was based on Kodak's innovation.

    A 35mm slide still looks better than digital projection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    Kinda odd when you consider Fuji is still making a new MF camera and have recently released another with a shorter focal length. So what gives there?
    Maybe an overdeveloped sense of whimsy? Since they make their own sensors, maybe they'll hack it to become a 40-60 megapixel folder? Just look at the X10, X100, and X-Pro 1.

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    Thread title updated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nelson View Post
    How has digital replaced slide projection? I still can't find (or afford) a digital projector that can match the resolution of a 35mm slide.

    I'm not too concerned about Kodak dropping reversal film. I've always preferred Velvia 50 over Ektachrome. Kodachrome was a real loss; I'm not so concerned about Ektachrome.

    How will this affect cine films?
    Through social networking. No longer is there a need to use food and alcohol to entice your friends and family into sitting in a dark room so they can be bored to death by ones vacation photos. They're up on Facebook long before the vacation is even over, and people can now ignore them from the comfort of their own computer screen.

    The sad fact is, although slides are truly amazing items, their expense and complexity has driven them out of the modern mainstream market. Pro's shoot digital. Super compact digital cameras and camera phones that don't constantly get in the way are the de riguer for family snaps. Slide film's only last hope are the artists that desire slide film for a particular aesthetic but that alone may not be enough to support a market for long, and as digital becomes better and better and more and more young photographers come into the hobby, that market will likely continue to shrink until it is below critical mass to be self sustaining.

    Seeing a company who's financial management is decided more by bankruptcy lawyers than artists decide to kill what is most likely a barely profitable product is not surprising in the least. A product with high capital investment and low return can quickly turn into a liability. Better to quit while you're ahead.

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    Ugh. I don't shoot much slide film now but when I do I prefer E100G since Fuji dropped Astia. If Fuji would bring back Astia the reversal world would be ok again. Well if we also had Ilfochrome. Yeesh.



 

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