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    That coat is not the only relic from former times...

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    How much of a stretch is 4x5 if you can make 120 & 35?

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    I'm not a manufacturer, but cutting/slitting a pancake of 120 film (2.4 inch wide) to load onto spools from a master roll is a very different process from cutting sheets out of a master roll, I would think. They do it elsewhere though and given the legacy machinery at Ferrania I'm as sure as I can be they could if the market was there. My only concern is the size of the plant. What was required to manufacture the huge quantities of film previously sold is now not as useful for shorter runs of varied products. The economy of scale of Kodak was a contributory factor in their contraction as demand fell. Ilford, where I visited last week, coat much smaller widths of master rolls (1.3m) on a versatile machine that can "multitask". Ferrania are not talking paper so that may well not be a concern but the scale of production required maybe. Ilford have also been facing the same chemical restriction problems mentioned on the site not only in "bans" but in suppliers and now manufacture "in house" some key ingredients which previously could be bought in. The R&D is focussed on maintaining the range in production, not expanding it.
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    So when's the E-6 coming in 4x5? And 127
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    Quote Originally Posted by horacekenneth View Post
    How much of a stretch is 4x5 if you can make 120 & 35?
    I had an email from them a few weeks ago stating they could make sheet film. I guess it would depend on demand and whether they get contracts from some of the large US distributors.

    Have a look at the home page and there a large box marked Film Ferrania.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    I had an email from them a few weeks ago stating they could make sheet film. I guess it would depend on demand and whether they get contracts from some of the large US distributors.

    Have a look at the home page and there a large box marked Film Ferrania.

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    Strange on the mobile version there's nothing there have to go to a computer I guess.
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    It's also encouraging that the guy in charge of emulsions makes good beer.
    Somebody who makes beer and film is a useful man indeed, and would probably even make a good brother-in-law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdeyong View Post
    It's also encouraging that the guy in charge of emulsions makes good beer.
    Somebody who makes beer and film is a useful man indeed, and would probably even make a good brother-in-law.
    Depends what your sister looks like :-p
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    That's the devil of it, I have no sisters.
    In all seriousness, I wish them success.

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