Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Film Demise
From: "mdelman" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 06:23:22 -0400
References: <002101c0c993$d0fb4ec0$4d02a8c0@neurosoft.lan> <> <006b01c0c9ee$f5ab0840$> <20010421130938.A782@localhost.localdomain>


I absolutely agree with you.... digital is much much more convenient for
e-mail and that's why I have digital cameras  in addition to my film camera.
I think both can, and will, co-exist.

- -Mark
- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff S" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2001 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Film Demise

> Digital is *not* as convenient as conventional photography if your final
> output is on paper (speaking for the masses who still follow George
> Eastman's motto "You push the button, we do the rest") , but it's
> wonderfully convenient if your final output is in electronic form, say an
> email attachment.  Emailing baby photos, personal web sites and of course
> eBay are all 90's cultural phenomena, and the digital camera is a natural
> tool of choice in these situations.
> Though a 35mm negative contains more data than digital cameras can even
> dream of, I don't think image quality is inhibiting digital inroads so
> as cost and convenience issues. And I wonder if anyone's actually making
> money except for ink and paper suppliers.
> But film manufacturing may face it's own problems due to environmental and
> public health concerns: Everytime there's an outbreak of Mad Cow Disease
> Hoof & Mouth, I have to wonder what that does to Kodak's supply of
> and whether we could ever see a massive film recall due to tainted
> emulsions.
> But if film production were to cease tomorrow, I think there would still
> a Leica in our future! Good brand identities have a way of coming back
> the dead: I think a "Voigtlander" lens on a "Contax" G2 would be a great
> bit of irony.
> Jeff S
> On 2001.04.20 17:09:32 -0600 mdelman wrote:
> > I don't think we've seen the last of film.  For all the hoopla about
> > digital... only 4% of households own a digital camera right now.  Will
> > grow... surely.  Will we see the end of film in our lifetime... probably

> > not.
> >
> > Digital looks good on paper but when you try to use it, its shortcomings
> > become obvious.  Digital is: [snip]