Nikon to stop making most film cameras!

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  1. zedin

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    Wow. Just read an article about how Nikon is going to discontinue making everything but the 3 camera models that use film. While I know digital is popular I just can't believe they are doing something so dramatic as opposed to just phasing them out. I guess I will have to make sure nothing ever happens to my f100.
     
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    yeah i was pretty upset by this too. i hope this isn't the beginning of the end of film. hopefully other companies, like canon for example, don't follow suit!
     
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    I think medium format will be the last film to go probably. 35mm is going because sensors are matching it now. Only ludicrously priced cameras are matching the resolution of medium format now.
     
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    They are ?!!!! :shock: :shock: ... drastic is not the word for it. A big mistake by Nikon as Canon and Minolta ( are Minolta still going ?) etc.. are going to get their customers now (35mm customers anyway).
     
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    To be honest I'd imagine Canon and Minolta (along with everyone else) will follow suit. Personally I think it's unfortunate too, but what can ya do.
     
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    Look after the film cameras you do have. Or horde them like a camera squirrel...
     
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    Heh, I'm doing that already
     
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    *tries to stuff his f100 into his cheeks*
     
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    The two models that are being continued are at the top and bottom of their 35mm range, the F6 and the FE10, which presumably means that they see professionals and students as the only remaining market, with serious amateurs buying digital. The FE10 is made by Cosina, so there is no risk to Nikon by continuing it, and as far as the F6 goes, that's fine but I don't expect to see an F7.

    Film isn't going to disappear, but it will become a niche market. New 35mm cameras are being launched, just not by the big manufacturers. For example, the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder (also built by Cosina) came out recently, and from teaser advertising on the Zeiss website, it looks like they are about to announce a range of manual lenses with a Nikon fitting. That would make sense given Nikon's recent announcement. On the secondhand market there is a brisk trade in quality equipment, and I've missed out on a couple of auctions recently for enlargers, where there seems to be no shortage of buyers.

    One day they will have to pull my FM2n from my cold dead fingers, and I don't think I'm being too optimistic when I say that I expect to still be able to buy 35mm film right up to when that happens. Maybe not colour negative film, and probably not the huge range of B&W film I can get now (at least 25 or 30 different films from 10 or 12 manufacturers right now as a rough estimate), but a few films at least. If not, I'll have a freezer full of film and paper. If I had the money I'd buy a new FM3a while they are still available.
     
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    For most users I think that dSLR resolution is more than adequate now. How many people really print at such huge sizes that 8Mpx or so isn't enough?

    But there is more to it than resolution, and the reason I sold my Canon 10d (at a massive loss, I might add) and re-invested in 35mm was the dynamic range. A £1,500 dSLR can currently manage 7 or so stops from the darkest shadow to the brightest highlight, but with b&w negative film, exposed and developed appropriately, you can get 10 or more, perhaps even double what the dSLR can manage. That probably doesn't matter to a lot of people, but it's one of the barriers that will keep me using film until the manufacturers fix it.

    ThomIlfordski
     
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    In reply to that I think that professionals who aren't big names will still use medium format if they use film for studio work where as film has been pretty much eradicated from photo journalism. So I think medium format will last longer because of it's better resolution that can be compromised for digital in the field, alot of photographers will still like to use in a studio.
     
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    one thing is for sure, Leica won't stop producing film camera (even though they will introduce the "Digital M" this year) - just read their new year's report.
     

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