It's not exactly what you said but you sure make it sound like this.... (sorry for the blatant rip off of the *BSD is dying meme)Originally Posted by someone who sounds a lot like CGWIt is now official. A&I has confirmed: slide film is dying
One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered analog community when IDC confirmed that E6 market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all films. Coming on the heels of a recent survey which plainly states that slide film has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. slide film sales are collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent film slaes numbers.
You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict slide film's future. The hand writing is on the wall: slide film faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for slide film because slide film is dying. Things are looking very bad for slide film. As many of us are already aware, slide film continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.
Kodak's slide film is the most endangered of them all, having lost 99.98% of its core users. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time slide film developers A&I only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: slide film is dying.
Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.
Kodak states that there are 7000 users of their slide film. How many users of B&W slide film are there? Let's see. The number of Kodak slide film versus B&W slide film posts on APUG is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 B&W slide film users. A recent article put Fuji's slide film at about 80 percent of the slide film market. Therefore there are (7000+1400)*4 = 33600 slide film users. This is consistent with the number of slide film related APUG posts.
Due to the troubles of Rochester, abysmal sales and so on, Kodak nearly went out of business, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.
All major surveys show that slide film has steadily declined in market share. Slide film is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If slide film is to survive at all it will be among film dilettante dabblers. Slide film continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, slide film is dead.