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?
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.)
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.