Originally Posted by JBrunner
AgfaPhoto's final failure had little to do with bad management. AgfaPhoto was set up with the promise of seed capital (which later failed to materialize) so that its former parent could avoid the costs stemming from the lay off of its workforce.
Most of the seed capital failed to materialize. There was quite a scandal over this last fall, but it came to nothing.
I'm still skeptical about this so-called "product bubble". Show me all the Agfa paper still lying around? It's been unavailable in N. America since the summer of 2006. Yes, Forte did sell film but given their offerings and Agfa's - wouldn't you expect Ilford and Kodak to feel more of a pinch? Agfa didn't sell sheet film after all. And if you were using Fortepan 200/Bergger BRF 200 - would you really consider APX 100 a close replacement? I've used both and I certainly would not.
"Plunging" may be too strong of a word, but the demand is decreasing. And I don't see any upturn since environmental considerations are pretty much making the teaching of analog B&W skills impossible at the community level. At least in the USA.
I've yet to see anybody outift a home darkroom without having spent a couple years hanging out in community darkrooms. And these are disappearing fast. There's a reason why prices on enlargers and lenses are so cheap on eBay...
But, as you said, life goes on. I hope, Jim, that you are proven right.
Last edited by aldevo; 01-28-2007 at 12:36 PM. Click to view previous post history.