The times, they be a-change-in.
The times, they be a-change-in.
Canon and Nikon still have the extensive, worldwide pro networks supporting their brand—in the case of Nikon over 40 years old—as testament that this poster did not know what he was talking about. Those support networks were designed for the pros and their paying organizations to use the top-of-the-line equipment dominating the market.
Kodak also had the same. Fuji calls their slide film "pro" film.
I'll let the evidence from Canon and Nikon serve as testimony to the credibility of other poster's accuracy as to their read of the pro market being mostly "manual cameras":
And just as an example, please check out p. 2 of this article:
I don't think Fuji Are the only one's left, I think Agfa Precisa is still being made, anybody know who makes that? And there is also the Lomo Tungsten film again, I don't know who makes that or if it's all old stock. I think the Lomo line comes from both Fuji and Agfa.
I would hope Fuji are OK, but like I mentioned before there are those pros who shoot 8x10 and above who I assume equivalent digital equipment is either, non existent, too slow, too power thirsty or too heavy am I correct?
The arguements of whether or not there will be slide film in the future have to also take into consideration of whether or not there will be slide projectors. As projectors break, there will be few places you can get them fixed or buy new ones. I love my Kodak Carosel (how ever you spell it) and I did love my Kodak movie projector. The movie projector stopped one day while viewing some old films. Yes, I will be able to see my slides, but the day will come when slide projectors are as common as Kodak Pocket cameras. This is really the story with digital cameras too. The old film cameras will some day cost a small fortune to get fixed, and why would you bother? Few companies will be making new ones, and like the weakest link in a chain, they will decide when film will finally end.
I don't know. As I said in another thread and got people upset who apparently didn't really understand my point, right now new film cameras are not, for the most part, being made (yesyes, there are a few, and plenty in large format) because the demand dropped so low relative to the available good used ones. If the demand stays constant or even increases, as the used ones dry up and die, there will come a time when they no longer meet the demand, and it would not surprise me to see new ones being made. This is true of mechanical cameras (that it wouldn't surprise me, not that it necessarily WILL happen) with 3D printing and rapid fabrication; it's likely even more true of slide projectors which are, when you get right down to it, very very simple devices. The Carousel isn't so simple mechanically but a simple projector can be built so easily, someone even half skilled could fabricate one at home. There's someone on here selling an LED lamphouse for Omega enlargers that he makes himself - I've bought one and it's nice. I bet he could make a slide projector too. Lenses for them can be assembled from off the self component elements and are essentially the same thing as used in digital projectors anyway.
I bet if they get rare and expensive used, we'll be able to buy new ones. Maybe not as nice as what we have/had, but they'll be functional.
Slide projectors can be made quite simply. They're little more than a bright light bulb, a fan to cool the bulb, something to hold the slide, and a couple lenses. One is a condensor lens that goes between the bulb and the slide, the other is the usual lens to focus the image. Oh and I forgot about the hot mirror which passes visible light but blocks infrared.
Hmm, come to think of it, with the advances in light bulb technology and LEDs, the cooling fan and hot mirror may become unnecessary altogether, which reduces the complexity to a light source, a condensor lens, a slide stage, and a focusing lens. I've even seen instructables on how to build a simple slide projector. Projectors I'm not worried about. I'd be more concerned about cameras, film, and chemistry availability.
The Slide Curmudgeon, aka ME Super
I walk away for a while and I learn that Kodak is doing what it does best: hating film.
I liken Kodak to a hormonal teenager hating the parents that fed it and clothed it for years, and spitting in their faces.
I'm gonna have to stock up on some.
A sad day indeed.
I hope that E6 will survive (better get started on my little project soon).
Texas, you're lucky you don't shoot 8x10. Kodak E100G is gone in the US. Maybe there's a box or two overseas, but in the US it's gone. Some New Yorker went and nabbed all of it, hoarding it all up. I went down to my local store, Glazer's, and all of the boxes were gone, and they told me someone in New York city bought them, and was buying everything in the US. Sure, that New Yorker may have been one of those auction houses that goes through a lot of 8x10 chrome, but it still stank.
I bought the last two boxes of Kodak 8x10 100VS in Seattle, though. Eh, well, smoke 'em while ya got 'em!