R&D into new films, good for all, or a waste of money?
I've been pondering this during recent nights of insomnia, and I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
First off, I don't even know how many companies still invest in R&D.
Is there a real benefit coming from this? Yes a new film is great, but what's wrong with the ones we already have?
In colour film I can understand, there is still room for improvement maybe (I won't know, since I don't really shoot colour). But black and white? (Do the producers of these materials still invest R&D into these?) Between what's available on the market, is there still need (in the current market) for newer/improved emulsions?
Maybe R&D is a good "finger on the pulse" to gauge the "health" of a company, IDK....
or is making new emulsions akin to the upgrading that is so ever prevalent in the "other" new photographic "medium" and just money not so well spent?
I'm on the fence on this one......
your thoughts ladies & gentlemen (roughmen may also give their thoughts ;) )