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.
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    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
    comparison.

    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
    digital.

    l

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