Photo Engineer, this message is addressed to you.
Several months ago, I wrote here that the film market had changed, and if most pros already made the move to digital, the film market relies today only on amateurs, advanced or beginners, but mostly amateurs. I also pretended that for this market the price of a 35mm or 120 size roll of film shouldn’t exceed $2(US). You laugh about this assertion, and I left you with your nostalgia of big is better.
What I wanted to claim in that thread, and I didn’t because of your stereotyped comments, was that for this new market the industry should change, and coating machines shouldn’t exceed a minilab size. They also shouldn’t be managed by CEO and shareholders, but by single people or at most a family, just like in the case of a minilab. Now I have remorse not to have written this idea/vision in that old trade, but believe me, I thought it! Now, here is its confirmation: a coating machine the size of a minilab. This is the future of film: I dream of going to the closest minilab to buy films and papers made on site, instead of going to get developed my films, as used until recently. And I hope this dream will become through: the sooner the better.
I do not post this comment to start a contradictory discussion with you, nor to have the last word. All I want/hope is you to recognize you was trapped by old visions, and as an influential member of this site to support such new ideas and performances. PE, there isn’t any way back to the ‘60s, ‘70s, or ‘80s, but there is a way forward for film. Please see it, and support it! Thanks.
Last edited by phenix; 07-06-2008 at 12:53 AM. Click to view previous post history.
B&W is silver.