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    Maybe it's a trade secret but I'm wondering how many of these timers they actually sell? Annually and totally. Are we talking thousands or hundreds?

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    I would guess tens.

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    I wish you well Richard. I'm a long time fan of RH Designs stuff. It works. Good luck in your retirement. Maybe you'll get the time to explore Swindale in the lake District
    Norman is an island.Time and tide wait for Norman.

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    Stopclock Pro ordered from SDS arrived, they shipped fast with great double packing, thanks to the new makers of RH Designs!

    Price increase or not, the product is outstanding and worth the money, happy to support them...
    Last edited by PKM-25; 03-22-2013 at 03:31 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I can certainly deal with an increase like the one RHDesign timers have just now had. It is not that I have a lot of money laying around to spend but it is the disappearances of products that makes me really upset. I expect that a roll of film may be over ten dollars a roll in four or five years ... but that does not make me want to move away from film. The thought that there may only be three or four emulsions one day ... now that makes me want to give up on analog sometimes when I really get down in the dumps.

    I'm relieved that RHDesign's passion for his products included the planning and execution of passing the torch. It is a marvelously decent thing to do, and ensures at least a few more years of availability. Thank you!
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    This means that my 'investment' in my Analyzer Pro has outperformed my stock investments. I should have purchased more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel+ View Post
    The thought that there may only be three or four emulsions one day ... now that makes me want to give up on analog sometimes when I really get down in the dumps.
    I assume you are talking about black and white, right? What if Ilford only made the two Delta's, FP4 and HP5 but kept it in 35, 120 and LF and still did ULF runs, would that not be enough?

    All I really need is one film because I make the photograph happen, not having a picnic basket full of two dozen kinds of films. Some of the best black and white shooters in the world use 1-2 different emulsions....just something to think about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKM-25 View Post
    I assume you are talking about black and white, right? What if Ilford only made the two Delta's, FP4 and HP5 but kept it in 35, 120 and LF and still did ULF runs, would that not be enough?

    All I really need is one film because I make the photograph happen, not having a picnic basket full of two dozen kinds of films. Some of the best black and white shooters in the world use 1-2 different emulsions....just something to think about...
    In some ways, yes that would be enough and in others, no ... not really. I know that one of the things I enjoy about film is how it is challenging. I see the wisdom, and benefit by the practice of knowing your materials on the one hand but also love the tinkering with new emulsions, new developer and new look - whether is works well or not. That is so much of why I like film still. I often kicks my butt ... but then slowly I learn and improve. I'm not in it just for the results. More like the journey, really.

    But think how much we would lose if there were only a few emulsions. We would loose certain possibilities and also I think that we lose people along the way each time something is discontinued. As we lose shooters .... less consumption and higher prices. For instance as Efke was making the decision to get out I was about to buy two hundred rolls of its iso 25 film in both 35 and 120 and stock up on a ton of its silver rich fixed grade paper for lith. That week they announced and I changed plans. I don't want to watch a dwindling freezer as experience leads me to love a particular film or paper more and more. No ... I'm no in need of that kind of suffering!

    Personally I use 3 Nikon F3hp's for when we go on one of our by-monthly photo trips and I sometime use the 35 the whole time and sometimes when we walk around a city. I keep arista premium (plus-x) @iso 80 in one body, and sometimes switch to fomapan 100 or 200 for a different look. I keep arista premium 400 @ 320 for when the light changes in a second F3 and the same film at 1600 for diafine when needed. That way I can shoot fairly wide open in bright light all the way to the end of the day .... and it keeps me for reaching for my D3, and keeps me grinning.

    We like to shoot garden cemeteries up and down the east coast. Mostly we use a Mamiya 645 MF and a Mamiya RZ. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to all systems and on the RZ for example the disadvantage is the 1/400th top speed and the fact that I don't see well enough to focus if I use more than a two stop ND. Iso 25 sure comes in handy on some days whereas iso 100 is fine the rest of the way. I love the look of the fomapan films, shooting old cemetery statues and angels. The look somehow fits, imho. But that film really sucks for night time shooting.

    Well, I know that all the examples I've used are obvious ... so perhaps the reason that one film would never work for me is that I have not found one single passion for what I like to shoot, like some of you have .... my subject matter is all over the place. But that adds to the enjoyment of it for me. At this point I feel like that I am standing at the film buffet, faced pressed agains the glass, marveling at the wealth, pondering the delights, and salivating, and I can't wait to get at it, each and every film day.

    When I imagine standing there ... looking at a equivalent of a cupcake and a loaf of bread, the same things I've eaten every day for the last year ... again - Well, the price hike on that RHDesign thing of beauty ... it's not bad at all. One film and one developer and no choice - now that IS what I dread! You may find me, then, at McDonalds eating digital
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