Originally Posted by mooge
I was at the local camera store (Downtown camera in Toronto, Canada) yesterday and I asked the guy behind the counter whether their deal was dip and dunk or not. He said it wasn't - "we have too much volume to do dip and dunk". Huh? Like what? Like 200-300 rolls a week (of C41) apparently; most of it from drop-ins and not too much mailed in.
A friend of mine owns a lab (he sees increasing demand, too).
And I can ensure you, that 200-300 rolls can be developed in a Refrema or Hostert dip-and-dunk processor without problems per day!
Therefore they probably use a roller-transport machine probably for other reasons:
- they don't have a dip-and-dunk processor
- roller-transport processors are cheaper
- roller-transport processors do need much less space, they are very compact.
Last week I visited Photokina. We have also had a meeting with several others rff members there. And we from the "rff-gang"
'swarmed' to all the companies being active in film photography. All companies reported increasing demand for film and film related products.
There is indeed a film revival. And it is getting stronger.
The most encouraging news was the Fujifilm booth, which had lots of space and presence dedicated to all their silver-halide products. And they made a clear statement there that they are not only fully committed to Instax film, but also to standard (conventional) films. Even some sheet film formats (Velvia 100 in 4x5" and 8x10"; Provia 100F in 8x10") are back in production.