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 Coward, 25 May 2006 @ 12:37pm

    Oh, and in reply to the cell phone issues, especially bandwidth use, I agree that cell phone companies are all about profit. I used to work for a cell phone company (one of the big ones), doing tech support.

    You do not need to purchase ring tones ever! But cell phone companies insist that you do. My cell phone uses ring tones that you can't buy anywhere as they are songs and snippets from CDs that I own and music I manipulated to make as ring tones. Used a USB cable to download to my phone, and voila. Custom made ring tones! In fact, here's an article on cnet that I was surprised to read on how to do this exact same thing, and was amazed that cell phone companies had not started to sue the writer of the article. I spread the link to everyone I know. I almost lost my job when I was on a call and a customer was complaining about being charged twice for a ringtone he had already purchased, but had lost when the cell phone was lost. I gave this person instructions on how to download his own music and create the ringtones himself and one of the supervisors heard the last bit of my instructions and pulled me aside to admonish me and tell me that it's not company policy to give out those instructions because we lose money and promptly wrote me up for it!

    As for photos, I use mine to take photos. I hardly ever send using my phone. I get home, use my wonderful USB cable (or others can use BlueTooth or infra-red -- depends on your phone's capabilities), download my pics, and send using e-mail for internet I already pay for.

    Most of the "side" stuff (other than actually using the device for making phone calls) that cell phone companies charge for can be done without using their networks and "internet" charges, or ringtones, games, etc.

    Let's face it though. What the cell phone campines have going for them is that the common cell phone user iis just not smart enough to get around the system and use their phone without accruing those extra charges. They complain about it, but when you teach them how to get around incurring thsoe extras, they tell you how they are not "savvy" or smart enough, and don't want to have to bother to "work" to use their phone.

    Now I've gone and ranted about cell phones, when this article is about film. I digress.

    This is the reply to both the comments left by Daniel and Topher3105.

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