More Nails in Film's Coffin

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jeremy, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy Guest

    It was just a few weeks ago that Bronica announced that it was ceasing
    production for the US. Now, the British Journal of Photography (October 27)
    reports that Fujifilm has announced that they are shutting down production
    of their medium format film cameras:
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    Fujifilm's medium exit

    Last week's prediction in BJP that just two or three companies will continue
    to serve the medium format market is a step nearer reality with the news
    that Fujifilm has ceased production of its cameras

    The admission came from Richard Linney of Fujifilm UK, recently appointed as
    product manager of the newly formed Photo Imaging Group, in which the
    company's professional and consumer units will now operate.

    While confirming that the company has stopped manufacturing medium format
    bodies, Linney said that Fujifilm is still making accessories for the GX617
    and GX680 and still has stock of these models available for retail.

    He added: 'The factory in Japan can still manufacture these models if there
    is a large enough order.'

    He was keen, however, to state that the company will be able to deal with
    reburbishes of all models saying: 'We have been led to believe by Japan that
    they will service the medium format range and make repairs', adding that
    this may continue for seven to 10 years.

    This move will be of little surprise to many as rumours have been
    circulating about the demise of Fujifilm's medium format range since March
    last year, when a Fujifilm spokesman admitted to BJP that it was likely that
    the GA645zi, the GW670 and GW690/GSW690 models would be discontinued.

    Graham Rutherford, who is shortly to retire from his position as Fujifilm's
    director of professional imaging in the UK, responded at the time saying
    that no decision had been made about the future of the range. He did say
    though that some countries had decided to stop selling the cameras.

    He added that the UK market remained healthy and hoped that plans to phase
    them out would therefore be reversed. Instead, production continued to be
    scaled down as Fujifilm staggered the termination of different models.

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    Jeremy, Nov 13, 2004
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  2. Jeremy

    Aerticus Guest

    I agree completely - well put Jeremy

    Aerticus

    "Jeremy" <> wrote in message
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    > Unfortunately nobody can control the disruptive behavior of sociopaths who
    > wish to post to an unmoderated newsgroup such as this one. Informed
    > readers,
    > however, will have no trouble at all sorting the wheat from the chaff.
    >
    >
    Aerticus, Nov 13, 2004
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