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Interesting.

There are far more pros now with digital than there ever were with film.

Sure, print advertising has changed, but it's just been replaced, not eliminated.
As I said: film cameras are for enthusiasts. Professionals cannot use film on most of their jobs. Timelines and clients wonīt allow for that. Pros need the digital workflow.
 

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I looked at that. But younger people do not know film. They know "digital photography", and the "vintage", umm... analog is "analog photography". The fact that "film photography" is flat, but "analog photography" is showing recent (nascent) growth implies that most of the new interest coming from younger people.
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I suspect some significant percentage (maybe 5-10%, maybe more?) of photojournalism comes from ordinary people's iPhones.
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is showing recent (nascent) growth implies that most of the new interest coming from younger people.
Thatīs why it is worth investing in film photography,
 

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I get your point, but my point was that no company can, or will, produce a camera as well built and as competent as an F2 at a price level which people will buy, and at which the company can make money. Contax T3, neither.
The original price of the Voigtlander Bessaflex in 2003 was $300. Adjusted for inflation that's about $410, but they sell new for $650. It's not one of the highly sought after SLRs because it's kind of cheap feeling, but they're pretty rare.

More along the lines of a well-built camera is the Nikon F3. There are a lot more of these, and you can get one that's new in box for about $800. The Nikon FM3A is more recent, less common, and has a more sophisticated shutter, and those go for $1000. Its original price was $820 in 2001, or about $1170 in today's dollars. The Olympus OM-4 goes for about $900 NIB.

So the question is can Cosina or some other company make a high quality SLR for about $1000 and still make a profit? I'm thinking it is. I bet amateurs would even pay up to $1500–$2000 for it as an "investment."
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The original price of the Voigtlander Bessaflex in 2003 was $300. Adjusted for inflation that's about $410, but they sell new for $650. It's not one of the highly sought after SLRs because it's kind of cheap feeling, but they're pretty rare.

More along the lines of a well-built camera is the Nikon F3. There are a lot more of these, and you can get one that's new in box for about $800. The Nikon FM3A is more recent, less common, and has a more sophisticated shutter, and those go for $1000. Its original price was $820 in 2001, or about $1170 in today's dollars. The Olympus OM-4 goes for about $900 NIB.

So the question is can Cosina or some other company make a high quality SLR for about $1000 and still make a profit? I'm thinking it is. I bet amateurs would even pay up to $1500–$2000 for it as an "investment."
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Cosina won't and probably can't make a good camera that will serve as an "investment" into the craft, for $2000. They could sell you an FM10 for an inflated price though.
I think the camera manufacturers know that there are millions of reliable 35mm bodies out there to be had for nothing. They can't compete with their used gear that is reliable. You can buy 5 Pentax Spotmatic bodies for $100 if you shop around and at least one of them is going to work perfectly. I know in my local brick and mortar shop there are many working 35mm bodies with lenses, ready to go. Most for $100 or less and they sit on the shelf not being purchased. I don't call that resurging interest. In fact, I'm the guy that purchases some of that used gear but I wouldn't count me as a force in the new interest in film cameras. So, in the 6th most populous city in the United States, we are immune from this new interest in film it would seem. There is a cadre of film photographers such as myself and a few other die hard but we aren't the hordes of hipsters breaking down the doors of Urban Outfitters for whatever new old film cameras they have inflated the price on.
I think it would be better policy for the big manufacturers to accept the camera bodies that all these new users have bought at yard sales, repair them, CLA them and then "certify" them with a warranty on parts and service. Like buying a factory certified Mercedes-Benz, you get a camera that works like new and is covered by warranty from the company that made it. Because Sover has a 15 month waiting list for making an F2 perfect but can't offer a longer warranty like Nikon could. Now THAT service could be the gateway for a new generation of analog shooters.
One thing that has to be taken into account is generational interest. I grew up with film photography. Mine is the last generation to do so with no digital alternative. The Simpsons generation and later has grown up with digital capture available most of their whole lives. So with milennials we all have to be aware that they may just think analog photography is cool but not enough to keep it going. Film production is not cheap and it is a process that relies on economy of scale of use and sales, in order to survive. This goes for all labs as well. Chemistry does not keep so developing runs are done only when large batches of film come in otherwise expensive chemistry gets wasted. All the parts of this industry are necessary and have to work well in order for it to survive. Can't get a used or new camera working? It gets shelved along with interest. Customer uses their phone. Can't find a place to get film developed? Camera gets shelved along with interest. Customer uses their phone. Can't find film conveniently? Camera gets shelved along with interest. Wash, rinse, repeat. Just because it has been there all your life does not mean it is going to continue to be there in spite of your optimism.
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I very much doubt that anyone could produce a quality film camera of the level of yesteryear at an attractive pricepoint and still make a profit. There are still a ton of quality used cameras for sale that sell for very little. Aside from the film enthusiasts (including myself) who frequent this and similar websites, who represent a very small segment of the population, there are very few other people who would even consider buying a film camera, let alone a new film camera. For example, how many people are buying a new Nikon F6 (which is still being manufactured in limited quantities from time to time) at $2,400, as opposed to buying one used (and in excellent condition) for $750-$1,000?

Rather than focusing on new film camera manufacture, it would perhaps make sense for a company to start manufacturing replacement parts for older film cameras, including using 3D printing techniques. I don't know the technical feasibility of this, but perhaps some company could also arrange for the printing/manufacturing some replacement circuit boards for older electronic film cameras as well, assuming the original manufacturers kept the circuit plans and are willing to share or sell them. There appear to be quite a few manufacturers of flexible circuit boards in countries like China, who could presumably print out new flexible circuit boards at a somewhat reasonable price. The startup costs of such a business would presumably be considerably less than the idea of developing and manufacturing entirely new film cameras. I could see this as possibly being a viable business -- akin to some companies selling replacement outer leatherette covers for a variety of vintage cameras.
 

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If Nikon (or somebody) could make a modern meter prism for a Nikon F I would be strongly tempted to buy one. My most modern camera is a Nikon N90s and it has an incredibly smart meter. I would love to have that meter, or something similar, in my old F. Joe

Probably a crazy idea.
 

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If Nikon (or somebody) could make a modern meter prism for a Nikon F I would be strongly tempted to buy one....Joe
That’s an interesting idea. A modern, meter prism that would fit onto an F. I’d be interested.

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That is a fun idea but the meters that came after the Nikon FA are part of an integrated circuit that controls the shutter itself. With the F and F2 you have to guess at the myriad of steps between stops on the shutter dial so you don't have the digital accuracy of a camera like the N90s. You're still looking at exposures that can get no closer than half a stop with regard to the shutter speed. As far as the aperture is concerned, the available meters for the F2 do a fantastic job of getting perfect exposures when the meters are properly calibrated, the lens aperture is clean and the shutter is in good shape.
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I think the camera manufacturers know that there are millions of reliable 35mm bodies out there to be had for nothing.
That is wrong. Used camera prices have been rising steadily in the last couple years. I would buy a Summicron 5 yrs ago and it was 800 dollars. I gave up on the project. Now itīs 2 times more expensive.
The same rise or even more is seen on Rolleis, Hasselblads, Olympus, Plaubel, Contax, Mamyia.

These are facts. Numbers. Corporations deal in numbers: buyers, age of buyers, prices.. not on melancholic digressions about millions of cameras sitting on shelves covered w/ dust lamenting the end of film. Thatīs forum talk. New emulsions are released by the month. Film factories opened. Film cameras traded at increased prices. Wake up.
 

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I very much doubt that anyone could produce a quality film camera of the level of yesteryear at an attractive pricepoint and still make a profit. There are still a ton of quality used cameras for sale that sell for very little. Aside from the film enthusiasts (including myself) who frequent this and similar websites, who represent a very small segment of the population, there are very few other people who would even consider buying a film camera, let alone a new film camera. For example, how many people are buying a new Nikon F6 (which is still being manufactured in limited quantities from time to time) at $2,400, as opposed to buying one used (and in excellent condition) for $750-$1,000?

Rather than focusing on new film camera manufacture, it would perhaps make sense for a company to start manufacturing replacement parts for older film cameras, including using 3D printing techniques. I don't know the technical feasibility of this, but perhaps some company could also arrange for the printing/manufacturing some replacement circuit boards for older electronic film cameras as well, assuming the original manufacturers kept the circuit plans and are willing to share or sell them. There appear to be quite a few manufacturers of flexible circuit boards in countries like China, who could presumably print out new flexible circuit boards at a somewhat reasonable price. The startup costs of such a business would presumably be considerably less than the idea of developing and manufacturing entirely new film cameras. I could see this as possibly being a viable business -- akin to some companies selling replacement outer leatherette covers for a variety of vintage cameras.
So why is Ferrania releasing film? Ilford? Tri x? Just to please a few people on a few forums? If new film is being sold then new cameras will be sold.
It wonīt be another Nikon F. It will be another Nikon FM. It wonīt be a classic late 50s meticulous remake. It will be a modern camera w/ electronics, plastic and every other cost measure. A camera made for young people w/ limited cash.. not for old camera collectors.

In the end.. no matter how clear i make it someone will come up shouting "I'm not listening! film is dead! I am not listening! Film is dead".
Itīs much easier to repeat a false notion indefinitely than observe how fast things change.
 

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That is wrong. Used camera prices have been rising steadily in the last couple years. I would buy a Summicron 5 yrs ago and it was 800 dollars. I gave up on the project. Now itīs 2 times more expensive.
The same rise or even more is seen on Rolleis, Hasselblads, Olympus, Plaubel, Contax, Mamyia.

These are facts. Numbers. Corporations deal in numbers: buyers, age of buyers, prices.. not on melancholic digressions about millions of cameras sitting on shelves covered w/ dust lamenting the end of film. Thatīs forum talk. New emulsions are released by the month. Film factories opened. Film cameras traded at increased prices. Wake up.
I'm awake, lighten up.
Please enlighten us all with these industry facts. And I challenge you to get an industry insider to tell us that things are as rosy as you and a couple others here are stating. Maybe ask our forum owner what his contacts say.
I recently sold two Mamiya 6 (modern) bodies with all the lenses and accessories available. I couldn't sell them for a high price in spite of them working perfectly, with near mint glass and including hard to find accessories. I got just under $3200 for the whole lot that I paid a lot more for in 2013.
As for your Summicron, what kind are you looking for? I'll find you a V.3 or older for $800 or less, easy. You're just not shopping around patiently and in the right places.
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There wonīt be an endless supply of cheap Hasselblads and Nikon F3 forever on ebay. Or cheap Mamyia MF.. wait: those mamyias 6 and 7 are expensive already.
Time to make new ones.
 

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I'm awake, lighten up.
I recently sold two Mamiya 6 (modern) bodies with all the lenses and accessories available. I couldn't sell them for a high price in spite of them working perfectly, with near mint glass and including hard to find accessories. I got just under $3200 for the whole lot that I paid a lot more for in 2013.
As for your Summicron, what kind are you looking for? I'll find you a V.3 or older for $800 or less, easy. You're just not shopping around patiently and in the right places.
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Lighten? Me? I am light as a feather on this topic. I am just using the most simple clear logic based on camera sales and prices. I am not writing long convoluted posts based on notions that have no facts behind.
Prices kept rising on the past couple yrs. It already surpassed prices of a rerelease like w/ Zeiss Ikon. Cosina could sell new editons of those RFs, cheaper than actual prices on ebay, make some money and donīt even sweat so much. It will happen soon.
 

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So why is Ferrania releasing film? Ilford? Tri x? Just to please a few people on a few forums? If new film is being sold then new cameras will be sold.
It wonīt be another Nikon F. It will be another Nikon FM. It wonīt be a classic late 50s meticulous remake. It will be a modern camera w/ electronics, plastic and every other cost measure. A camera made for young people w/ limited cash.. not for old camera collectors.
Your logic is faulty. Film is not dead, but it is a niche product. While film use appears to be increasing, it is extremely unlikely that it will ever sell anywhere close to the volumes it sold in the 1990's or even the early 2000's. A person can go through a pretty decent amount of film with just one old working film camera. I go through about 40-50 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film a year. However, this level of use won't support the resurrection of new film camera manufacturing, let alone at a reasonable price. Just look at some of the Kickstarter projects proposing new film cameras. The new proposed models are rudimentary junk compared to older film cameras, yet cost $500 or more. Building a new film camera comparable to the quality of many older film cameras would cost much more and then how many would be sold, particularly when you can get working copies of an Olympus OM-1 for $125, Nikon F3 for under $200, etc.? If it made economic and business sense, the major camera manufacturers would already be restarting their manufacture of film cameras, with sales of digital cameras falling due to cellphones. The camera manufacturers know a hell of a lot more about the business and technical aspects involved and they have decided not to do so.
 

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If Cosina, Nikon, Canon or Pentax bring out a completely new 35mm film body for general consumer use within the next 5 years, I will give you a working 35mm still or 16mm motion picture camera in my collection which is in good condition. I don't have any garbage either.
My long posts are quite factual as a matter of fact. Add to those facts that I have worked in this industry and have seen its decline since the mid-90s. I'm also not delusional.
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If Cosina, Nikon, Canon or Pentax bring out a completely new 35mm film body for general consumer use within the next 5 years, I will give you a working 35mm still or 16mm motion picture camera in my collection which is in good condition. I don't have any garbage either.
My long posts are quite factual as a matter of fact. Add to those facts that I have worked in this industry and have seen its decline since the mid-90s. I'm also not delusional.
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I'm with you on this, Phil. If anything film-related is going to come along, its going to be Sony/Fuji/Panasonic engineers coming up with film emulation software that PERFECTLY mimics film.
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Enthusiasts now are like they've always been....after about 50 rolls they buy a new model digital unit. Camera makers understand this all to well I bet. Just an opinion.

Leica and rangefinders? Different story but even that tale is changing.
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That is wrong. Used camera prices have been rising steadily in the last couple years. I would buy a Summicron 5 yrs ago and it was 800 dollars. I gave up on the project. Now itīs 2 times more expensive.
The same rise or even more is seen on Rolleis, Hasselblads, Olympus, Plaubel, Contax, Mamyia.
I think that's only partly correct. Some camera brands or models have bucked the trend and can be obtained today for tremendous bargains.
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As stated earlier with no response, some specific camera models are increasing in price.

So?

This has no correlation to sales figures of film.

None.

There are also many specific camera models that are selling for less than they used to; would this therefore imply the opposite?

This camera sold for a record price; it’s rather absurd to think that this somehow indicates sales of film must be surging, but no less absurd than tying film sales to the price rise of any other model.
 

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You can buy 5 Pentax Spotmatic bodies for $100 if you shop around and at least one of them is going to work perfectly. [...] I think it would be better policy for the big manufacturers to accept the camera bodies that all these new users have bought at yard sales, repair them, CLA them and then "certify" them with a warranty on parts and service. [...] Now THAT service could be the gateway for a new generation of analog shooters.
I completely agree with this idea. Polaroid Originals is already doing it, and it saves customers from going through all of the trouble of finding a reliable used camera. Refurbishing programs will definitely play a role in the new film photo marketplace. That's why I just bought an airbrush compressor.
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This whole conversation strikes me the same way as the conversation about coal mining coming back...lol
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I'm 31, and been shooting film since around 2002. As I shoot more I shoot less digital and more film. I haven't bought a digital camera in nearly 5 years despite having owned and used professionally really nice high end digital equipment.
I've noticed in both NZ and Australia a vast increase in film cameras and companies selling film cameras and film itself. In Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney the traditional film labs closed up around 2010 but in the last 5 years I can think of around 7-8 newer generation labs that have popped up and the ones I know personally nearly cannot keep up with demand for developing and scanning.
In wellington and Auckland In the last 2 years there have been 4 new film labs pop up, and one store dedicated to film and film cameras. I have several younger friends that shoot film and don't consider themselves 'photographers' and just last night my partners younger 18 year old cousin asked us for advice on buying a 35mm camera.

I have several friends that shoot commissions and editorials and use mainly film.
The price of nearly every good used film camera has doubled or tripled in the last 5 years.

If you can't see that film is on the up big time, you're looking in the wrong places. It's only a matter of time before one of the bigger players re-releases another film SLR or rangefinder.
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Lighten? Me? I am light as a feather on this topic. I am just using the most simple clear logic based on camera sales and prices. I am not writing long convoluted posts based on notions that have no facts behind.
Prices kept rising on the past couple yrs. It already surpassed prices of a rerelease like w/ Zeiss Ikon. Cosina could sell new editons of those RFs, cheaper than actual prices on ebay, make some money and donīt even sweat so much. It will happen soon.
Fujifilm only a year or so ago discontinued all their Klasse S film cameras. They were $400 cameras, just perfect for enthusiasts.

Clearly Fujifilm could not make any money selling these cameras.
 

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I'm 31, and been shooting film since around 2002. As I shoot more I shoot less digital and more film. I haven't bought a digital camera in nearly 5 years despite having owned and used professionally really nice high end digital equipment.
I've noticed in both NZ and Australia a vast increase in film cameras and companies selling film cameras and film itself. In Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney the traditional film labs closed up around 2010 but in the last 5 years I can think of around 7-8 newer generation labs that have popped up and the ones I know personally nearly cannot keep up with demand for developing and scanning.
In wellington and Auckland In the last 2 years there have been 4 new film labs pop up, and one store dedicated to film and film cameras. I have several younger friends that shoot film and don't consider themselves 'photographers' and just last night my partners younger 18 year old cousin asked us for advice on buying a 35mm camera.

I have several friends that shoot commissions and editorials and use mainly film.
The price of nearly every good used film camera has doubled or tripled in the last 5 years.

If you can't see that film is on the up big time, you're looking in the wrong places. It's only a matter of time before one of the bigger players re-releases another film SLR or rangefinder.
All the labs I used in Chicago closed down. None have reopened.

Canon and Nikon will *never* release another film camera.
 

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I'm with you on this, Phil. If anything film-related is going to come along, its going to be Sony/Fuji/Panasonic engineers coming up with film emulation software that PERFECTLY mimics film.
Fujifilm's digital film emulation modes are an absolute joke. Embarrassingly so. Just look at their Astia film simulation. Looks nothing at all like the real thing. Not even close.
 

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Well, one reason as to why Fuji might stay in the 35mm game is that it's in their name...Fujifilm. It's not Fujimedical or Fuji instantfilm or Fuji whatever. It's Fujifilm.
 

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I'm 31, and been shooting film since around 2002. As I shoot more I shoot less digital and more film. I haven't bought a digital camera in nearly 5 years despite having owned and used professionally really nice high end digital equipment.
I've noticed in both NZ and Australia a vast increase in film cameras and companies selling film cameras and film itself. In Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney the traditional film labs closed up around 2010 but in the last 5 years I can think of around 7-8 newer generation labs that have popped up and the ones I know personally nearly cannot keep up with demand for developing and scanning.
In wellington and Auckland In the last 2 years there have been 4 new film labs pop up, and one store dedicated to film and film cameras. I have several younger friends that shoot film and don't consider themselves 'photographers' and just last night my partners younger 18 year old cousin asked us for advice on buying a 35mm camera.

I have several friends that shoot commissions and editorials and use mainly film.
The price of nearly every good used film camera has doubled or tripled in the last 5 years.

If you can't see that film is on the up big time, you're looking in the wrong places. It's only a matter of time before one of the bigger players re-releases another film SLR or rangefinder.
Yup. Itīs circumstantial. Some places, a certain age bracket and film is being used.

Right where i live there is no lab. Nothing. There wonīt be... because it is what it is. Even then i am not going to say film is dead. It is dead here. Photography has been dead here forever, Thatīs why i went living elsewhere... unfortunately i came back.

I will use film and develop my own. Print my own. Show the prints elsewhere. I am not waiting for anyone to wise up.
 

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Well, one reason as to why Fuji might stay in the 35mm game is that it's in their name...Fujifilm. It's not Fujimedical or Fuji instantfilm or Fuji whatever. It's Fujifilm.
Itīs a company and needs to make money otherwise everyone is fired. If they sell film is because someone is buying.
 

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Fujifilm's digital film emulation modes are an absolute joke. Embarrassingly so. Just look at their Astia film simulation. Looks nothing at all like the real thing. Not even close.
We are bored with digital. Thatīs how i see it. Film is being talked about, used, loved because digital stalled. I want the risk of shooting film. The risk of developing. Manual focusing. The engagement of film.

Who wants to shoot a phone?????? itīs a poor experience. Cameras which emulate phones? Who wants that crap? The novelty is gone. We want our rich experience back.
Fuji was smart. They knew it was coming and launched the X100. They canīt keep up w/ demand on an expensive camera. A camera that closely emulates a film camera experience. Next everyone is shooting film. Itīs pretty simple. And itīs here. I donīt need to convince anyone. If i want to buy film there is a page on line that sells.. If i want to develop i grab a patterson tank. Scanners cost half of a decent quality digital camera. I can always make photo prints. Doom and gloom rhyme but i rather go w/ rise and shine.
 

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Lighten? Me? I am light as a feather on this topic. I am just using the most simple clear logic based on camera sales and prices. I am not writing long convoluted posts based on notions that have no facts behind.
Prices kept rising on the past couple yrs. It already surpassed prices of a rerelease like w/ Zeiss Ikon. Cosina could sell new editons of those RFs, cheaper than actual prices on ebay, make some money and donīt even sweat so much. It will happen soon.
Are you truly thinking about volume though? Or just price increases on a tiny volume?
 

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All the labs I used in Chicago closed down. None have reopened.

Canon and Nikon will *never* release another film camera.
Too bad for them. Letīs buy from someone else. Leica, Cosina, Lomo..who is next?

This is not Soviet Russia. If there is a market, a company will fill it.
 

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Are you truly thinking about volume though? Or just price increases on a tiny volume?
I am talking about supply and demand. Our favorite philosophy. I want another leica body. I expected to pay between 600 and 900 bucks. Itīs more like 1000 and 2000. I donīt see prices raising like that in any other field.
Can i try another RF? They all increased their prices sometimes 100%.

So the used camera market idly waiting for someone to throw them a buck is a false notion.
Itīs pretty reasonable to think a big company w/ a history making these kind of cameras would be interested in filling the buying lust. Itīs not lunacy. I know a lot of factors come to play in manufacture but basically itīs supply and demand.
A new Xpan like camera should be made. A contax T3. Z Ikon. There is demand for them.
 

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...''Fujifilm means Digital''...OK, I give up.
 

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Scanners cost half of a decent quality digital camera. I can always make photo prints. Doom and gloom rhyme but i rather go w/ rise and shine.
Those antiquated scanners or crappy scanners? Surely an abundance of new scanners are on the horizon too no?
 

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Your logic is faulty. Film is not dead, but it is a niche product. While film use appears to be increasing, it is extremely unlikely that it will ever sell anywhere close to the volumes it sold in the 1990's or even the early 2000's. A person can go through a pretty decent amount of film with just one old working film camera. I go through about 40-50 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film a year. However, this level of use won't support the resurrection of new film camera manufacturing, let alone at a reasonable price. Just look at some of the Kickstarter projects proposing new film cameras. The new proposed models are rudimentary junk compared to older film cameras, yet cost $500 or more. Building a new film camera comparable to the quality of many older film cameras would cost much more and then how many would be sold, particularly when you can get working copies of an Olympus OM-1 for $125, Nikon F3 for under $200, etc.? If it made economic and business sense, the major camera manufacturers would already be restarting their manufacture of film cameras, with sales of digital cameras falling due to cellphones. The camera manufacturers know a hell of a lot more about the business and technical aspects involved and they have decided not to do so.
I always said itīs a niche product. Of course it is.

We are living a different economy where niche is not an extravagance anymore. Itīs just another market.

We had a huge crisis in 2008. We are in post 2008 economy.
 

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We want our rich experience back. Fuji was smart. They knew it was coming and launched the X100. They canīt keep up w/ demand on an expensive camera. A camera that closely emulates a film camera experience.
They can't keep up with demand for the digital camera yet they cancelled their GF670 and Klasse cameras? Hmmm, I detect a pattern here...
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Those antiquated scanners or crappy scanners? Surely an abundance of new scanners are on the horizon too no?
Those 500 dollar scanners.

Film is the domain of artists and enthusiasts. Itīs not "pro" photography w/ their 50k digital hasselblads.
No one buys a Leica M 6 to shoot editorials for the NYT or advertising campaigns for dental floss.
Itīs a new photographic market and it does not happen everywhere the same.
I have been working in certain markets and itīs regionally defined. Whatīs sold in certain cities, countries .. itīs not sold in others. This reasoning is spreading. Itīs a new economy.
 
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