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    Kodak makes film but today imploded the building where they made film acetate

    Yes, Kodak does make film! However, today they imploded the building that formerly housed the machines used to make acetate film base. The last time the machines in this building made support was 2013. Since then they have been using their stockpiles and buying support from a long time industry supplier. Kodak continues to make ESTAR support.

    Interesting event but not particularly significant from a photographer's point of view. This poses no threat to the availability of film. Cellulose acetate has many other applications including flat-screen TVs so high quality material it is readily available.

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    Still sad, though.

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    It looks like a much smaller dust cloud than when B-65/69 went down.

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    Kodak can produce film but nobody sell and buy here. I went to kodak express lab and fat dirty cross eyed smelly and sweat covered guy told me that kodak banktrupted and wanted to sell me fuji film.
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    "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    Kodak can produce film but nobody sell and buy here. I went to kodak express lab and fat dirty cross eyed smelly and sweat covered guy told me that kodak banktrupted and wanted to sell me fuji film.
    Did he vomit a little bit, between two slow spoken words?

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    in Robert's photos their is a a building in the background at the right that also does not look to be too long for the world.

    I wonder if this is good or bad long term news for the other makers. We know that Ilford buys their base from a commercial firm, and apparently has since the beginning. ("silver by the ton" mentions the panic the British military had when they realized their top film supplier was using film base from Agfa Germany and for a while had ICL set up a film base plant.)

    Current info has them buying from a German firm.

    Can Kodak really count on being able to procure base of the same quality than that they made themselves, particularly as far as adhesion of the Subbing layer, and also freedom from Vinegar syndrome?
    Charles MacDonald
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmacd123 View Post
    in Robert's photos their is a a building in the background at the right that also does not look to be too long for the world.
    That's the end of B-53. The implosion was of the central part of the building with the chimneys. I assume that end part of the building will be leveled with a wrecking ball.

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    "this pre-occupation" with kodak, I find absolutely bizarre! it's like a bad automobile accident on the highway as you slowly pass by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzinsel View Post
    "this pre-occupation" with kodak, I find absolutely bizarre! it's like a bad automobile accident on the highway as you slowly pass by.
    from a b+w shooter's point of view, maybe. From a color film user's point of view, not bizarre at all.

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