China can't save film simply because they've basically skipped from not having a camera to cameras in cell phones. Why bother with a film camera when you already have a camera in your cell phone, and its quality is good enough for you? So they aren't buying a lot of digital cameras, either.
Kodak tried investing in Chinese film production, and then dropped it altogether and wrote it off the books.
(Personally, there's no point to sitting tight and waiting it out. Time to go shoot film!)
An MBA has a puncture and while changing the tyre manages to let all four wheel nuts roll down a drain. He realises that he might miss a very important meeting. He stands there distraught. A very unprepossessing stranger walks by and asks what the trouble is. The MBA explains and the stranger thinks for a moment says that if he took a wheel nut off each of the other three wheels he could secure the fourth wheel and drive carefully to the nearest garage for a set of wheel nuts.
Originally Posted by Marvin
The MBA is so overjoyed that he offers the stranger a lift home. The stranger says that it is OK as he just lives across the road and points to a lunatic asylum.
The aghast MBA says: "You've been advising me on a complicated technical matter and you are a certified lunatic!"
The stranger replies: " I am afraid so but at least it is better than being stupid" :D
The MBA rolls his new BMW into a ditch and totals it. He crawl out all bloody, crying about his car.
Someone stops to help him, "Sir, I wouldn't worry about that car ... did you know your arm got ripped
off?" Then the MBA really starts bawling, "Oh, my Rolex, my Rolex, I lost my Rolex!"
I see people shooting film here ALL the time here in Shanghai. Hell there are 4 or 5 stores that I know of that sell NOTHING but film. I am sure there are many more I have never seen. Also, there are thousands upon thousands of used film cameras in the shops here. All doing very decent business.
Originally Posted by Brian C. Miller
There is clearly a film shooting crowd here in China. Surely this should be cultivated and grown by the film producers. The sheer potential market in China is always amazing.
Just a few weeks ago I was out wandering the city with my camera when I turned the corner and ran into a group of young Chinese photographers. All had Hasselblads and were clearly film shooters. Nice to see.
If Chinese film could be made with the quality of Kodak or Ilford film, I'd buy it. Unfortunately, my last experience with Chinese large format film was, shall we say... not terribly positive.
Originally Posted by RattyMouse
Based on the ending of Lucky's color line recently, I take the dissent re your theory.
However, China, like all countries, will continue to have analog diehards, I just have this theory that their % of diehards is not as high as you might think when scaled as a % of tot pop (I've no fact to support, just my guess)....
If there is demand for film in China, the Chinese should buy film manufactured by Kodak and Ilford in the U.S. and U.K. We don't need more brands. We need support for Kodak and Ilford products.
Eyeballing the film stores that I frequent here I'd say that Ilford and Fuji are the films most used with Kodak a distant 3rd.
Originally Posted by Michael R 1974