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    The "dying world of chemical photography"

    Don't be drinking anything while reading this, or you might spew all over your computer when you get to the end.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...apple_rim.html
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    I sure hate to see that happening.

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    There were some interesting comments to the post. I don't think film is dying as asserted in the article, I think Kodak film is dying.

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    I think the motion picture industry determines a lot of the revenue Kodak has from film in general. Since much of that market is migrating to digital as well, it's just a matter of time before they have to stop doing what they're doing.
    Companies like Ilford and Foma don't have a dependency (direct anyway, other than maybe film base material etc) on the motion picture industry. They serve photographers in general, so they are better poised to tackle the future.
    I just hope that materials used to manufacture the products we use (and Ilford/Foma/Efke etc make) won't become so scarce that they become impossible for vendors to manufacture profitably, if Kodak and Fuji stopped altogether.

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    ..its called 'downsizing'. We all have to do it. A company that can not survive on 7.9 billion a year, I don't feel sorry for. Kodak needs to leave the traditional photography market and give it to someone who cares about it.

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    At least it's moving closer to when and further from if.
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    ...and a terribly sad thing to watch as well. And saddest of all, I don't honestly believe it had to happen.

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    — Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs

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    When is the last time you bought film?
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    I would call the statement accurate, though a bit poetic for a news article.

    I've always held the same belief as Thomas about the motion picture films' affect on Kodak's ability to continue still film production with the way they are currently set up.
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