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    I believe we will see the downfall of modern society before film, and i will use my trusty film camera to document it! When the zombies take over the world, there won't be any electricity, and so i cannot be trusted with a digital camera.

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    You care about the future of film if you intend to invest in analogue photography related stock.

    If you are a photographer rather than an investor, the question is irrelevant because you can stockpile years and years of provisions and ask the same question in five or ten years time.

    I like capers and eat them. I don't care whether other people like capers and if they are still around in 10 years. What other people do does not regard me. If I couldn't grow capers myself, I would stockpile them and again make the question irrelevant.
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    Well, it might be just an impression, but it seems to me that every week there is at least one new thread along the lines of "been shooting digital, now coming back to film" or "had a dark room years ago, just setting a new one up", or "I'm a youngster trying film for the first time". Sean - how about a sticky "poll" so that people doing this could check in - would be nice to try and get a handle on how many newbies and returnees there are.

    And another thing - and again Sean might be able to put some numbers behind my impression - but it seems to me that when I first joined this site, if you posted a picture in the gallery, it stuck around on "page 1" for quite a while. Now, it seems it falls off the bottom of page 1 a helluva lot quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    When the 60 megapixel camera could be found from thrift shop for 1 dollar , I will never use film again
    You should be good until at least next summer, then.

    I would still shoot film if the best 100 MP MF digital camera was free.

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    Film photography will likely prove to be just as persistent as buggy whips, which are still around.
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    It was the millions of consumer 'memory capturers' that made high volume color film and paper production possible (not 'photographers'). They now seem to have moved to smart phones to do this. For many years it's been my hope that people would recognize the limitations digital images have in longterm image storage and retrieval and recognize that silver halide film materials offer the ideal archiving medium properties (long life and human readable). Sadly, this doesn't seen to be happening, and this new market for silver halide material that could keep the manufacturing volume up will never develop.

    Sorry, but buggy whip manufacturing equipment requirements have nothing in common with film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    I would still shoot film if the best 100 MP MF digital camera was free.
    My feeling exactly. The hype in the marketplace for digital cameras is always more megapixels. How often do you see "better exposure lattitude" or "better color reproduction without photoshopping"? That's where I see the technical problems with digital lie, not in lack of resolution or megapixels. Until those problems are significantly improved on, I would always choose film over digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    It was the millions of consumer 'memory capturers' that made high volume color film and paper production possible (not 'photographers'). They now seem to have moved to smart phones to do this. For many years it's been my hope that people would recognize the limitations digital images have in longterm image storage and retrieval and recognize that silver halide film materials offer the ideal archiving medium properties (long life and human readable). Sadly, this doesn't seen to be happening, and this new market for silver halide material that could keep the manufacturing volume up will never develop.

    Sorry, but buggy whip manufacturing equipment requirements have nothing in common with film.
    Your post does remind me of a notable Mark Twin quote:

    The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.


    The discussion is not whether film will regain its once mighty status. No, that ship has sailed. But whether film will remain a viable product and choice for photographers, be they pro and serious amateur for some time to come or even indefinitely. For that it will hold a place and will just as vinyl records, buggy whips and wagon wheels are still made keep its place. It may ebb and flow in popularity but it as a niche shall small or larger still remain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPC View Post
    How often do you see "better exposure lattitude" or "better color reproduction without photoshopping"? That's where I see the technical problems with digital lie, not in lack of resolution or megapixels.
    Sigh..... that may have been true in the '90s, but it's not true today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof_Pixel View Post
    I think there are actually two questions:

    1. Does film have a future?

    2. Does AgX photography have a future?

    The answer to question 1. depends on the future demand for film. If at some time the demand for film products drop below a critical level (and none of us know what that is), film is gone.

    The answer to question 2. is only a function of the interests of present and future experimental minded photographers. As long as people care enough to experiment and make their own emulsions, AgX photography will survive.
    I buy my crystal balls from the same outlet as everyone else, but the above is spot-on and inarguable. My personal opinion for #1 is that commercial film is going to be around for a long, long time. It may get rather expensive, but that will only serve to increase its desirability. People will talk with envy of the day when they 'can shoot film'. Same for the framed 2-dimensional analog print. Anyone just getting started now who thinks they want a longterm career in photography would be very smart to nail down chemical work just as much as bit chomping.

    #2 is totally out of the theoretical closet. Superb materials can be made -- are being made-- and for a pittance of the cost of commercial. That differential is only likely to increase. Silver gelatin photography is never, ever going away.

    Doomsdaying the future of film is a very strange hobby. Three cheers for all the sane, affirmative voices that keep repeating the joys of film. Thanks!
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