Just a week or so after Nikon said they were mostly getting out of the analog camera business to focus on digital, we find out that Konica Minolta is getting out of the camera and film business entirely, selling off some assets to Sony. Apparently, the company is "the world's third-largest maker of photographic film" following the giants in the space, Kodak and Fuji. The company has also done very little in the digital camera space, which explains why they're exiting the photography market completely. It's interesting to see the analog film market die, because people have been predicting it for so long (I remember reading an analyst report in 1996 saying it was imminent), but it hung on for much longer than some people expected. And, of course, it's not dead yet and there are still people who use film cameras for very good reasons -- but with major companies pulling out of the market, the message is pretty clear.
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