Dot Matrix was fast and good, which was just what I wanted sometimes. Daisy Wheel was much better looking. She took her time, but she was all about quality!
Both were loud, though- it was no secret when they were doing it!:D
You, of course, knew Daisey Hand best, right?
I was just wondering if current film sales volume is really not suitable for old business models like Kodak and other big manufacturers. How many factories are making vinyl LP now? We as film users may be too spoiled with the old business models and demand the products to be same quality/price or variety/price ratio. And the manufacturers still operate with the same old way. Only one thing has changed: volume.
They may need to come out with cheaper manufacturing process and/or compromise the quality, sell packages of DIY shoot-develop-print products, or whatever they did when people still taking pictures on glass plate, what do you think? $$$/roll?
As long as we have 2 or 3 color films things should be okay.
We really don't need 12 varieties from each maker.
No, but we need 2-3 each of C41 and E6. In a pinch I could do with two of each. I'd pick Portra 400 and Ektar 100 for C41 and Provia 100 (since Astia is already gone) and 400, but I know most people would want Velvia.
The expectation are really quite different given a distinction between a private and public corporation. With a private one, you just have cumulative overhead and sales; whatever is left over
is profit, and as long as its reasonably positive, it's a viable model. When something is publicly held,
you need a big BS coefficient in order to attract more investors, and if their often unrealistic expectations aren't routinely met, you've got a big problem. In the present condition, Kodak won't
attract the latter. If they could supply film at a simple per-proft sustainable basis, the overall demand is probably still significant for a few niche suppliers. And they still have a sizable market for
color RA4 paper. But making color products does involve a lot of complicated infrastructure and
supply-chain issues, and all it takes is one weak link to break the chain!