Yet Another Camera Company Ponders Dropping Film

from the dying-a-slow-death dept

These stories are becoming so common that they're almost unremarkable these days, but Canon is the latest camera manufacturer to say it's considering quitting the film camera business. Such a decision, following a similar move by Nikon earlier this year, would certainly indicate the long-predicted death of the film camera business -- even though the film-using community lives on. Perhaps now stories about the death of film will slow down, and we'll be treated to analyst predictions about how long it will be before cameraphones kill the standalone digital camera business.
Hide this

Thank you for reading this Techdirt post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.

Techdirt is one of the few remaining truly independent media outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis.

While other websites have resorted to paywalls, registration requirements, and increasingly annoying/intrusive advertising, we have always kept Techdirt open and available to anyone. But in order to continue doing so, we need your support. We offer a variety of ways for our readers to support us, from direct donations to special subscriptions and cool merchandise — and every little bit helps. Thank you.

–The Techdirt Team

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  1. identicon
    Anonymous of Course, 25 May 2006 @ 3:34pm

    The high end is leaving too

    No doubt that film has higher resolution but
    not mentioned as often is the wider dynamic
    range of digital cameras.

    I used to own a Leica and several lenses that
    cost a small fortune. I built a dark room and
    enjoyed it much. So I do have a standard of

    To me the freedom from chemicals is a fair
    compromise for the reduced resolution. For
    some work film will remain the only choice,
    but it's a pretty narrow niche even now.

    A few digital cameras will accept the old
    glass that we love so much. It's the glass,
    the lens is the thing, without that the
    number of mega pixels is only limiting the
    size of the print (all else being equal.)

    You can see this as crappy digital cameras
    are marketed to an unknowledgeable consumer
    by their mega pixels. Camera's with fixed focus
    lenses that are just a sliver of plastic take photos
    that are crap... you just get just bigger crap as
    sensor costs decrease but glass remains expensive.

    That said, there are some damn fine digital
    cameras available for little money these days.
    I paid more for a Canon F-1 body alone than
    my Olympus 8080-wz (which has it's faults but
    can take a great photo with some coaching.)

    I'll still keep a couple film camera's around. The
    Crown Graphic and the F-1 for sure. But any
    new cameras in my foreseeable future will be


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter

Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Make this the First Word or Last Word. No thanks. (get credits or sign in to see balance)    
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Discord

The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...

Recent Stories

This site, like most other sites on the web, uses cookies. For more information, see our privacy policy. Got it

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.