Illford has an advantage over Kodak. They are a relative latecomer to the game. Their goal has always been to remain small and cater to a niche market. They designed their product and process around that philosophy from the beginning. Kodak, on the other hand, is the 800 lb gorilla that not so long ago was selling film to everyone from Ansel Adams to grandma Edna. The rug was quickly, and violently, yanked from beneath them. In many ways they are still spinning around trying to figure out their place in this brave new world.
Ilford has actually been around longer than Eastman/Kodak TMK, and was also one of the main players in the photo materials industry. If you are speaking of the newer Harman version of Ilford, then I would agree.
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