I'd just like to say, that polyester films are great for their longevity,
and slides are important in particular.
To me the fact that the film will store the memories for my great grand children to see,
is much more important than a camera.
Acetate slides can degrade after 40+ years, and convert back to vinegar,
but polyester slides will be around for centuries 1000+ years.
If there is a genuine issue about the film at the end of a roll, breaking expensive cameras,
then it would probably be better to make the material that keeps the film on the roll brake.
meanwhile can simply use cameras that are either hard to brake, or you wouldn't mind braking.
For instance, plastic camera's are really cheap, and some of the most durable, since they are so simple.
Also in terms of developing being "economical",
if you factor in the amount of money spent on backing up archives,
then it's economical to get it done properly the first time,
so the original will be available.
Even if you only have to backup your archive once in a lifetime,
it'll still be at least double the cost.
knowledge is all we can take with us at death,
so of course, learning to develop yourself,
is always a valuable skill set to have,
a potential talent for your next life.
maybe can review those polyester slides also ;-)
Last edited by streondj; 10-17-2012 at 12:08 AM. Click to view previous post history.