126 Film Discontinued??

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Jeff L, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. Jeff L

    Jeff L Guest

    Is it true that all major film companies (Kodak, Fuji, Konica, etc)
    have all discontinued making 126 film? If so, what is the reason for
    this? Many people still have 126 cameras. Do they still make 110
    film? It's really a shame if all these classic cartridge-film types
    are going away.

    Most people in my age group at church (20's/30's) don't even know what
    126 or 110 film is (or was). Sad, isn't it. :(
     
    Jeff L, Feb 16, 2004
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  2. Jeff L

    John O. Guest


    Yes, it is true that ALL of the film makers stopped making 126 film.

    Why? Well, besides the fact that the system basically sucked because they
    couldn't keep the film flat, you are wrong about "many people still have 126
    cameras". If that were true, and there was still money to be made on the
    format, someone would still be doing it. I saw a sharp, very sharp decline
    in 126 demand LONG before the film was actually discontinued.

    I think Fuji still makes.... or at least still has stock of 110 film. You
    may find it at Wal-Mart. But I'm sure it will be gone soon because nobody
    has built a 110 camera in years.

    And I'm sorry, but I have to give a little giggle at you calling cartridge
    type cameras "classic". They were all junk from moment of conception. They
    could never build a decent auto-focus camera on the format because of the
    aforementioned problem of keeping the film flat. Just about all of those
    machines used fixed focus lenses. I remember Kodak using phrases like
    "acceptably sharp". I don't want acceptably sharp. I want Sharp with a
    capital S! Just because something gets old, doesn't make it a classic.
    Particularly 126 which simply became "old junk".

    And lastly..... no, it's not really sad. Most people of your age don't
    know what a Daguerreotype or an Ambrotype were. It's just progress, it's
    what humans do. We make things better. I think you're in for a real shock
    when film finally goes away.

    John O.
    There is no slack in light attack.
     
    John O., Feb 17, 2004
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    Mark P. Guest

    While I agree with the rest of your post (which I snipped), I disagree here.
    There are still people using old formats, old techniques. Progress does not
    necessarily mean better, just different. People have more choice. Variety
    and choice are good for something creative like photography. Digital
    adds to the creative possibilities, but so does film. I don't think film
    will
    "go away" for a long time yet, although it may become hard to get (ever
    try to buy large format sheet film?)

    Each to their own in the end.

    M.
     
    Mark P., Feb 18, 2004
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  4. Jeff L

    John O. Guest

    M,

    Well, I'll have to go ahead and agree with you that progress does not
    necessarily mean better. However, in this case it does. Photography keeps
    getting better. Yes, we have millions of examples of great photos taken
    with primitive equipment. But this is more a testament to the photographer,
    not the gear. Eventually (and within our lifetimes..... much sooner than
    you would imagine) film will be a non-issue in developed countires. The
    lifetime of film in emerging markets will be much, much shorter lived than
    it was in the traditional markets. And trust me, IT and computer industry
    sales people are looking at those emerging markets.

    Oh, and I should add that each day, someone figures out a way to duplicate
    the look of an old process with new technology. This was even going on with
    film.

    John
     
    John O., Feb 18, 2004
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  5. Jeff L

    Mark P. Guest

    Yeah, I suppose you are right there actually.
    This is true. However, the final product, in this case the print or
    whatever, is
    not the only thing that matters. To the enthusiast who is doing it for fun,
    often
    the process is as important as the final product. Some people love the
    darkroom, the smell of the chemicals, the dodging and burning. For some
    people, doing it on a computer simply isn't fun. Film might last a while for
    these hobbyists I think. As long as there's a market, someone will make it
    (although probably at a price).

    M.
     
    Mark P., Feb 19, 2004
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    Stan Guest

    You can get 126 film from:

    http://www.central-camera.com/films4classics.asp


    * * *

    Stan

    http://www.neworleansphotographs.com
    http://www.atneworleans.com
     
    Stan, Feb 19, 2004
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  7. Jeff L

    Michael Guest

    So the photographer with the newest most expensive camera will take
    better pictures?
    Do you really think that film will become a 3rd world commodity?
    To build IT and computer products for the developed world. Like
    is happening now.
    And figuring a way to make 'developed country' products with 3rd world
    cheap labor.

    Michael
     
    Michael, Feb 19, 2004
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  8. Jeff L

    John O. Guest


    Michael,

    I've enough of my own words in my mouth without you putting words there as
    well. I said no such thing. If you hadn't clipped the rest of that
    paragraph, you would see that I said people were making great photos with
    primitive equipment. And I implied that with better equipment you could get
    better images. That doesn't mean a good camera will make you some kind of
    artist. It means a better camera can help someone take better photos.
     
    John O., Feb 20, 2004
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  9. Jeff L

    howard Guest

    "We make things better" ?! Bullshit, its called 'marketing' !!
     
    howard, Feb 24, 2004
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  10. Jeff L

    John O. Guest

    Out of all I wrote, that is all you have to comment on? Dick.
     
    John O., Feb 26, 2004
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