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  • How much longer can photographic film hold on?

    Read "Film's last stand" on Yahoo and see photos of Kodak employees about to experience an end to their careers.

    I personally haven't touched the stuff for years-!

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    Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?

    Change happens. When I started in 1958 we shot 4x5 black and white and used flashbulbs. Films came and went, flashbulbs morphed into strobe units, chemistry started coming in bags, just mix with water, no scales needed.

    I went digital just as soon as it made finical sense to do so.

    Part of that was due to the family story about my grandfather (who died before I was born). He ran a successful livery stable. One day he and some of his friends where standing outside talking when a car drove by. He was quoted as saying "I do not know why anybody would want one of those stinking, noisy cars when they could have a fine team of good looking horses".

    Within 3 years his business had declined to the point he had to sell off the building he owned which then became a Ford dealership and it was full of Model T's instead of horses.

    Change happens.

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      Re: How much longer can photographic film hold on?

      Good story!

      Back in the mid-'80s I remember feeling threatened by the promise of digital. I worked at a college newspaper (shooting and developing B&W film and prints) and we transmitted a photo across the phone lines to the typesetter office. I began to fear for my darkroom! Now I can't imagine going back into it.

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