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October 22, 2005

Bad Days for Film Photography

Afga's insolvent, and has been operating under bankruptcy protection since May.

Ilford UK declared bankruptcy last year, though things aren't as dire now.

Kodak has been killing film-related product lines left and right.

All the major film and chemical stock companies have changed their formulations and in many cases laid off chemistry and QC teams as of late.

It's a bad, uncertain time to be shooting film. As much as I love my film camera, I hold little confidence that I'll still be able to shoot with it a decade from now. Maybe someone will hang around and make a boutique film company, but I'm not holding my breath. And as many ancient, fun cameras as there are still lurking around in basements and attics everywhere, that's a shame.

Posted by Colin at October 22, 2005 3:55 PM

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Don't give up on film. Film isn't going anywhere. It may become more of an artist tool but it will be around your life time and my life time.

I will continue to hold the banner up for film and I hope you will too. Incidently, I am buying film 20 rolls at a time and I have half a refrigerator full at this point.

Posted by: Frank johnson at October 25, 2005 1:27 PM

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