Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
You're not wrong - and I believe it's one of the reasons a lot of analog people actively detest newer digital technology. Their choice is being taken away and being placed into the hands of the manufacturers, their sensor designs, etc. Sure, Kodak, Ilford, Fuji, Agfa, etc. films have a certain look for each one, but the user of them still had inherent flexibility in each both on the exposure and development side. Analog people, typically being DIY in nature, love this! I love it! I'd hate for the organic nature of these materials to be reduced down to an inflexible formula.

That's the issue. The inherent "life" within analog materials and how we work with them.
Hold on.

"You press the button, we do the rest", Kodak circa. the dawn of consumer photography.

...and your quote of "...choice is being taken away and being placed into the hands of the manufacturers",

...are contradictory to the entire business history of film photography. You have always entrusted your ability to capture and display images in the hands of commercial interests.

Nothing has changed. Nor the personal attachment to cultural processes, which Kodak and all the others build into their economic profiles of the market.

The only ones to blame are your fellow photographers who have gone digital for reasons mostly of cost, but also of convenience. There are, quite frankly, not "a lot of analog people" left. For a decade people, pros and vernacular, had film and digital side-by-side on the shelves and the choice was made in a long, drawn out market play.

That's the issue.

Whether or not you make it an emotional issue is your personal choice. But one cannot blame the film industry entirely for the failure to maintain analog market share and the corresponding decline of choice, even f the last choice is digital These. companies poured billions of $'s of capital into film photography and in the case of Kodak, Agfa, and others, their shareholders were wiped out by disruptive technology.

You are generalizing about the DIY perspective as that has always only ever applied to a very small fraction of the overall film market. Unless you make your own emulsions, you have always been playing in someone else's commercially kept walled garden. Photography is more like this almost any other industry, even autos. Photoshop is DIY for many people in exactly the same way a home darkroom is, and the whole DIY experience for either film or digital is based on industrial machines or their software equivalent churned out by large corporate entities. They make, you buy. If not enough of you buy product x, it's over.