Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/02/08

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Kodak woes
From: lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin)
Date: Thu Feb 8 11:26:35 2007
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On Feb 8, 2007, at 11:17 AM, wrote:

> Long live Fuji & Ilford.
> Chris
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Jim Shulman"
> Subject: [Leica] Last Person Out of Rochester is a Rotten Egg
>> At this rate, the LHSA will bring more people to Rochester than EK.
>> Jim Shulman
>> Bryn Mawr, PA

I have several relatives in the Rochester area connected in some way  
with Kodak. They tell me that all film manufacturers are facing the  
same decline in film demand and are scrambling to diversify their  
business. Fuji seems to be well positioned with its digital line but  
Ilford may be in worse trouble than Kodak. Fortunately Kodak has  
adequate financial resources to weather a few more very bad years. My  
nephew is charged with scouting out potential candidates for  
acquisition. On a recent visit I jokingly asked if Leica was one of  
those candidates, considering that Kodak sensors are used in the  
cameras. He actually took me seriously and said that Leica had been  
considered but that there was little point in seeking companies that  
were in decline. Now if only they made iPods things might be different.

The only good news is that the production of 35 mm film stock will  
continue for some time, at least pending a large scale movie industry  
switch to digital. The layoffs at Kodak have severely depressed the  
housing market in the upscale suburbs surrounding the central city.  
You can buy an eight room MacMansion on a half dozen acres of land  
for the price of 40 Leica M8s. The area is quite lovely and, except  
for the economics and the lake effect snow, is one of the best places  
to live in the USA.

Larry Z

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