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#1 davidc135

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 09:34 AM

What chances of success are there for a specialist company in the future producing small runs of now (or soon to be) discontinued films such as technical pan, acros and many others. I'd think the patents have little value.

 

Even with the blessing of the patent holders are the economics just too ruthless?

 

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

I woiuld half suspect that the odd run of some will be made, just what, how much and getting hold of it will be the problem. Expect a camera forum is the best place to enquire.



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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:07 AM

The people probably really worried are the folks that a make film holograms. Digital CAN replace regular film photography. And for that matter is generally better.

 

Digital can NOT replace film holograms. It might be possible in the future...but what it would take to do it is technologically extreme and nobody is going to develop such a technology JUST for a miniscule number of holographers...so they are kind of at the mercy of other interests and economics here.



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Posted 21 December 2018 - 01:03 AM

What chances of success are there for a specialist company in the future producing small runs of now (or soon to be) discontinued films such as technical pan, acros and many others. I'd think the patents have little value.

 

Even with the blessing of the patent holders are the economics just too ruthless?

 

David

 

I would assume next to none. One of the things I picked up on other photo boards is the high cost and consideration in running a film production/coating line and for small volume may make it unfeasible. When Kodak announced the demise of TP they stated that they could no longer make the film as previous due to obsolete ingredients and if they tried to reformulate it, they could not necessarily reproduce it's characteristics. TP was on the market until about 2004 but there hadn't been a production run since the mid to later 90s, IIRC. Plus, most film photographers don't need the lower reciprocity-higher long exposure performance that we astrophotgraphers are looking for so, manufactures aren't going to go out of their way for such a specialty product.(Edit: Maybe my last statement is bit out of line since Acros showed that a big manufacturer designed such a product for the mass market so, it's not out of the realm of possibilities for a future manufacturer to improve film performance but I think the age of advancing film R&D is largely over.)

 

Todd

 

BTW,

 

As you aware of any other films soon to be discontinued? I would like to know.


Edited by Todd N, 21 December 2018 - 03:10 AM.


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Posted 02 April 2019 - 10:19 PM

it looks like then I'm going to have fun with the AGFA AVIPHOT plates and home made emulsions. I had better start brushing up on my chem. lab. skills. ;)



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 08:34 PM

Film production is up so much that Kodak is re releasing defunct film stocks. Small companies are popping up all the time. Filmphotographyproject.com has a bunch and there are plenty of other websites to pick up all kinds of new film.
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