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    Kodak Alaris article in Amateur Photographer...

    For those who missed it (i.e. anyone not in Britain mostly), there was a short news article in the Amateur Photographer of 18th January entitled 'Kodak on mission to double printing'. It was based on a briefing given by Lee Palmer (European general manager for personalised imaging) in London last month. The article says that a recent survey suggested that only 2% of images are ever printed, and Kodak Alaris want to double that to 4% to boost colour paper sales, the paper being made in Harrow, England. They propose to do this via smartphone apps and tablet computer apps to allow direct upload of digital images. The article also states that professional film sales increased by 15% last year but that overall sales, including consumer film, were down by 30%. It doesn't separate out how much just consumer film sales were down.

    I think it's an interesting, if brief, article. Kodak Alaris seem to be on a mission and at least have some idea where to go, and that fact that Pro film sales are up is very interesting. Let's hope it works out for them.
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    Thanks for sharing. Good stuff (sort of).

    Seems Kodak is finally getting smart, (must be the Alaris part). Looks like they are basically funneling their film sales into their paper and print division. Which is smart, film sales will probably continue to decline but print will hold out longer, so they are being financially smart, and will survive, but it does mean that they probably will never make a new film again, just continue with what they still have, which I guess is pretty good news overall
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    I'm not too worried about no new films, I'd just be happy with the continuation of what we already have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtolsniffer View Post
    They propose to do this via smartphone apps and tablet computer apps to allow direct upload of digital images.
    The feature of making photo books / uploading photos for printing, both from a smartphone, is something already offered from photofinishers.
    There is a lot of research applied at that industry. A industry typically overlooked.
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    I agree, a lot of companies already do it, with varying degrees of success, though the sites I've used are often slow and cumbersome, and the quality of prints is usually pretty poor. That's one reason that I still send print films away, low effort on my part to get high quality results, but at a financial cost obviously.

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    There were a couple of other pro-film features in there too. In their 'Ideal Cameras for Landscapes' feature, the X-Pan and several medium format cameras were mentioned and there was another feature near the start (which I can't remember at the moment as the magazine is at home).

    I was quite surprised at how pro-film it was.


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    That might possibly have been a different issue Steve, I couldn't see anything in there about landscapes or the xpan, but there were quite a few pro-film letters on the letters page. Always good to see.

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    It was one I bought last night at Tesco, so I assumed it was the current one!


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    I'm just happy they're working at promoting and expanding. Just keep the film coming.
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    The copy of AP I have is dated Saturday 25th of January.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtolsniffer View Post
    there was a short news article in the Amateur Photographer of 18th January
    That explains the difference then. It's probably because I went to Tesco in my converted DeLorean!

    On page eight is an article titled 'Darkroom Revival Sparks Kit Shortage'. It is about a school which has appealed for equipment to expand it's darkroom facilities. Something I am aware of happening here too as a couple of years ago, I gave away an enlarger to a local school which was also expanding its darkroom.

    Starting on page forty nine is the feature I mentioned earlier suggesting some medium format cameras as well as the X-Pan for landscape use. The first image in the article is captioned 'This picture was shot using medium format film for a smooth gradation of tones that is difficult to achieve when shooting digital images'.


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