i don't really have trouble buying anything i need to use
or have needed to use over the last 10 or 15 years.
film or paper or chemistry, and sadly it was long before
computerized cameras appeared on the scene that films and papers
and equipment became scarce or obsolete or whatever ...
i worked for someone who had an old 5x7 solar enlarger
it was a huge sort of beast and made beautiful enlargements.
unfortunately in around 1980 bulbs for it stopped being produced ...
they were big incandescent bulbs with a long long neck ... the lady i worked for
hoarded them by calling every shop within 100 miles ( or so she said ) and buying all their stock.
i only learned this because she said " hey john pull that box out i want to show you something"
and i looked at maybe 50 of these bulbs all stacked in a huge box ..
she also had tray rockers ... steel flat, with a cam/rotating rod. she bought it in the 1940s
and i have never seen anything like it before or since ....
i've been searching for cans of GAF UNIVERSAL DEVELOPER for nearly 20 years, they haven't been made since the 70s ...
but the 20year old can that was holding up a window in a studio i rented .. a can that went through probably 15 harsh winters
and 120degree summers still mixed the best 5 gallons of any developer i have ever used, or at least "store bought developer"
and while people are so sad with the advent of digital "stuff" you only read it in digital beat down threads, otherwise
all i read about here on apug is how they bought an enlarger for 15$ and only a few years ago cost 1000.00, or a whole
professional photolab's darkroom was in the dumpster for the taking, or the nikon brag thread
where people can now afford to have 500 nikon cameras and accessories because they are finally affordable.
i've gotten some good deals, but they haven't been recent since some guy in nevada has spread such good press
on what used to be lenses headed for the dump. at least i know i'll get a good deal when i sell my 5 or 10dollar lenses
purchased before the "brass and glass gold rush" because there are always and will always be people looking for a silver bullet ...
heck, lomo is remanufacturing a petzval lens, lens baby has made a imagon lens ... these are things that WERE obsolete
and out of production or scarce but they have come back to haunt us through cheezy misuse and bad photography in both mediums ...
and at least now people who want specialty film sizes don't have to get orders for $15,000 of film ( a pallet ) through 1 manufacturer
they can fill their fridge once a year when ilford does their boutique size cut+run ..
as i said previously in a thread ( was it this one? ) im not a pessimistic or an optimist but a realist i guess
and while there is all sorts of bad-stuff that happened because fewer people use film cameras than in 1980, the sun hasn't set
and there is still plenty of film and paper and equipment &c to last beyond my lifetime.
its too bad if someone googles " is film superior" they will get a thread full of posts complaining about digital, instead of bragging how
film might or might not be a better medium ...