Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/09/20

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Subject: [Leica] Kodak Sensor in M8
From: rdcb37 at (Rick Dykstra)
Date: Wed Sep 20 04:10:02 2006
References: <000101c6dc8e$d7e95e20$6501a8c0@asus930>

Lets imagine that the current film manufacturers vanished overnight.   
That would leave a market opportunity of, what, a few billion dollars  
per year to be filled by some new comers?  Sure, film is not what it  
used to be, but it's still highly profitable and where there's profit  
there'll be suppliers.  Film is here to stay folks.

Shoot it and they will make more.


On 20/09/2006, at 6:29 PM, G Hopkinson wrote:

> Nick I follow what you are saying regarding colour neg being the  
> hardest hit. However it would certainly account for the bulk of
> film sales and processing. So on volume I imagined that part of the  
> market would be economical to maintain for the longest. Slide
> and bw films have been much less significant for the average  
> consumer (not enthusiast LUG type guys) for a long time, as we all
> know. Now a niche in the niche. Still though, like RF cameras a  
> viable niche, we hope.
> Keep on buying film, (and the same choices, it seems). We LUG folk  
> might be 5 percent of the market.
> Cheers
> Hoppy
> -----Original Message-----
> From:  
> [] On  
> Behalf Of
> Nick Roberts
> Sent: Wednesday, 20 September 2006 18:06
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Kodak Sensor in M8
> I have always assumed that colour neg would be the FIRST to go, as  
> it is the medium most obviously replaced by digital. I am also a
> little surprised that Kodak are not only still in film production,  
> but have recently revamped their Portra films. For me, Kodachrome
> died when they stopped the 25, and I've never been a heavy user of  
> their other emulsions, and if I'm honest, I would rather see
> Kodak pull out of film altogether to make the market more  
> potentially profitable for Ilford and Fuji, whose products I do use!
> Nick
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: G Hopkinson <>
> To: Leica Users Group <>
> Sent: Wednesday, 20 September, 2006 8:49:24 AM
> Subject: RE: [Leica] Kodak Sensor in M8
> It really is an interesting point though regarding Kodak's position  
> in the market place. When I was a young adult in the photo
> business in the 70's, Kodak was seen as the giant in film.
> Now they are amongst the leaders in sensor design/production, but  
> that film business seems to be just barely hanging on in my
> perception. I still have my Kodak letter advising of the death of  
> Kodachrome here in Australia. Also had to find a replacement for
> HD200 and that was a colour neg film that I used a lot of in  
> compact cameras particularly. I thought colour neg would be the  
> last to
> fold, but that range too is narrowing.
> Cheers
> Hoppy with a lot of Astia, Velvia, Provia, Reala, Superia and  
> Ilford bw's in my stockpile.
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