"Kodak plans to emerge from bankruptcy with a new look that will limit its presence in the consumer business, instead focusing on commercial imaging."
I guess this means that I shouldn't change from HP5 back to Tri-X after all.
Commercial imaging doesn't necessarily preclude conventional film manufacture. They just want to
get out of the distribution of it. If it's profitable, they will continue. And simplifying things will help.
They've been way too big an octopus with too many arms for a long time.
And at the NYT--
We get film from Kodak so long as Hollywood wants it. So far they signed a deal with Kodak through 2015.
Kodak still picture film would sell better if someone else (who is competant, rather than an arrogant former monopolist) was distributing it.
Kodak has already stated several times in their press releases that the consumer film division of their company is NOT, repeat NOT, a core business for them and have already announced plans to sell this business.
Although its digital patents, I really dislike this.
This is just a measure against progress being made by others to block innovation and competition.
And they've already repeatedly stated that they intend to retain actual mfg of those core product
lines we actually need. They still have a relatively strong presence in color neg film, TMax films,
and a variety of RA4 paper. Who gives a damn about amateur point n' shoots? They're not trying to
lose control at the manufacturing step itself. This is about marketing rights. I don't care how it's done as long as the quality remains. They turned over their chemisty a long time ago, and little has
changed except some odd pkg sizes. And they've already dropped E6 film. So no sense second guessing at this point in the game. If your nerves can't stand the anxiety do what I did, and stuff a
few years worth of film in your freezer. That's the only certainly you're gonna get at this point in time.