Astia never really caught on in a big way like Velvia did. Too bad. It was possibly the best balanced chrome film ever made. But folks were more concerned with how chromes looked on a light box (like a
slide projector) than how they actually printed. Keeping inventory fresh was a real problem. I loved
Astia for certain things but frankly didn't buy much at a time. It was hell to get in 8x10 anywhere. Its
own demise should certainly not be forecasted as the doom of E6 in general. Times are tough and all
kinds of manufacturers are trimming inventories. Meantime, I've been honing my skills with the newest
color neg systems, just in case Humpty-Dumpty does come tumbling eventually.