Posted by: 6x6pix | December 9, 2010

More Bad News for Film Photographers

A few months back we lamented Fuji’s decision to discontinue  most of its C-41 film stocks in 35mm and 120 formats. This time it’s large-format shooters whose options are being slashed, with Kodak announcing it has discontinued T-MAX 400 and T-MAX 100 T-grain black & white film stocks in 5×7- and 8×10-inch sizes.

Mike Johnston, in an informative post on The Online Photographer blog, reminds us to keep perspective:

Film isn’t dying; film is re-aligning, finding its new level in a post-digital world. As vinyl records did, it might go from a 95% market share** to a 4% market share, eventually; but propsperous trade for at least one company (and continued availability for aficionados) is still possible for a medium that has a single-digit percentage of a large market.

That’s a good way to look at it, but I expect most film photographers — especially those who are livin’ large (format) — are more comforted by Johnston’s reassurance that Kodak will continue to make these discontinued sheet films available as special orders for bulk purchase!

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