But that's the problem.
Originally Posted by lensworker
Their shareholder value was tied up in a revenue stream from film that had been obliterated. Sensors are now dominated by CMOS and by electronics companies: Sony, Canon, Samsung, and Panasonic. Kodak clings to some CCD processes, but with tiny volume. Public companies and sometimes their entire product line can disappear along with share prices.
Film might be profitable if it avoids competition with digital, but the real issue is investor capital. It's vanishing. When it goes, the expertise goes, the technical knowledge, etc. One can hardly blame the management for going digital as that's where the consumer went and 99.99% of the market. Kodak customers overwhelmingly have gone digital. Even for B&W survival of mass manufactured film depends on end product demand. This demand can, in the short term, be met through legacy cameras, but with no new film cameras being made en masse, who will recapitalize a film factory? Hollywood/Bollywood?
I scan tech portfolios looking for any interest in film and camera manufacture and there is no investment interest anywhere. No new cameras in volume = no new film in volume.