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Robert D Feinman

Another sign of the times: The latest B&H ad in one of the popular photo mags has only a third of a page devoted to listing film prices.

Adorama has no film listed.

The new airline restrictions may also kill film for travel purposes. Checked film gets ruined by the x-ray machines and hand carrying film now seems doubtful when a bottle of water is under suspicion.

I stopped shooting 4x5 a few years ago when the airport inspections got to be ridiculous. Either they wanted me to open the boxes of sheet film or they wanted me to carry a changing bag so they could feel(?) the film. Just what I needed finger prints and dust all over the sheets.

Michael Tyniec

I also noticed the decrease in real estate for film sales in the ads in Pop Photo. KMart in Penn Station no longer offers 1 hour developing. When I asked to have slides sent to Kodak they instructed me to check the box next to the Sony Memory Stick logo. The technician had no idea what a slide was.

There are still good labs in NYC, but I wonder every day if their doors will be open tomorrow.

Josh standon

For what it is worth the 1 hour lab at my local Costco still seems very busy when I pass by it. They have numerous machines that allow photographers to insert their digital film card, select the images they want printed, and then get them in an hour when they are done with their shopping. Oh, you can also get a roll of film developed and processed in an hour at a good price.

Photo Bob

Working as a mini lab manager for many years I have trained a small army of lab technicians. It has become a daunting task to train these budding techs in all the services we offer and most important help them learn the skills to perform the tasks to achieve quality product. These 18 to 20 somethings have no idea what slides, APS, 8mm film and wide roll film is. Quality Training is a must, and teaching a staff about old technologies is needed so they can make much needed sales by showing the customer the advantages of converting their old tech to high tech. Converting to CD/DVD's makes enjoying revisiting your slides and movie films a reality. Most people have amassed an amazing collection of old media going unviewed due to lack of a vehicle to view it. Educating a sales staff to educate the customer will build business if done properly. All this takes time and salaries and rent must be paid. Time is money, so lets make time to make the money.

Ten Ox

It really makes me sad that film photography is reaching the end of its days. This sadness began soon after I discovered the amazing quality offered to my beginning architectural photo large format attempts using a film that was new to me, but gained new qualities more and more as I worked with it more, Super XX. Crazy level of detail. Then there was that ephemeral star, Kodachrome. I wish I'd had my Nikon camera in time to expose a few thousand rolls of the big K. The list goes on, and I'll miss them all.


leo pacalda

i still wish that the digital camera wasnt invented. remember the time when photographers are people that are realy passionate with the art, and not with technology,

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