Kodak's Film issues
I am not an industry insiders. I am a small town CPA in the Texas. I've seem many companies and several industries come and go. Kodak has several viable and broken business under the umbrella named Kodak.
The only one I am interested in is the film business. Kodak's issues is one of size. There manufacturing plants and machinery is too big and too fast what has become the new sales volumes. We see several other player in the market place, and FreeStyle seems to investing to keep the hobby/art alive.
I can only think that Kodak's brass is going to find a way to stay in the film market. It can be a very profitable business center.
I plan to shoot film for long time. I will be shooting Kodak B&W. I have faith the some business leader will step forward to right size the infastructure to keep Kodak's film business going.
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Hello Alfredo and welcome to APUG. I have similar hopes as you do. Thanks for your refreshing post.
Hi Alfredo, and to echo Fotch above - great to hear there are those out there rooting for Kodak. They've sure made some "poor decisions" as I will call them over the years, but many of us would be extremely happy for the next generation to grow up shooting Kodak like we did.
We certainly hope so.
I could live without Kodak for black and white but I would rather not. There's no other film quite as good as TMY-2 and no other film quite like Tri-X (both the 400 and 320 versions.)
My main worry and I think that of many others is the color film market. Kodak ceded (for now anyway, see the other recent thread) the transparency market to Fuji and I've no idea how much longer they will make the stuff and, in any case, they already canceled their best film, Astia. You can still get it in 120 and 4x5, but it's remaining stock. Kodak color neg beats Fuji handily these days and I'd really like to see it continue (and the black and white, and a return of Ektachrome 100G and VS and...)
I think that Kodak would have trimmed their film production capacity much sooner except the management was using that revenue to fuel the fire for digital products.
Certainly the worldwide recession and US near-depression over the past several years played a serious role.
Now, unshackled b y the digital albatross, Kodak can concentrate on coated products and get themselves righted.
I look forward to the return of Ektachrome and Plus-X in the near future. Maybe in special order quantities but I think it will come back.
I will be deeply saddened if we lose Kodak gold in 35mm. When that's gone the game is over for good.
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I think Kodak has only two options:
1. Become a much smaller but profitable film company.
2. No longer be a company.
I hope option 1 works out for them.
I think we're all rooting for Kodak. Too many people already think film is dead.
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