Agfa to depart from photography? (one more rumor from Old Continent)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by ThomasH, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    We just came back from our Europe trip:

    I saw this last week in major Dutch newspaper: Agfa found
    no takers for their film division and will as the 1st of
    the 3 major brands depart from photography completely,
    focussing on their currently major business in printing,
    publishing and medical imaging.

    Last year was bad for Agfa's film business. With mere
    350 millions of sold 35mm film rolls their market share
    dropped to 12%. I am looking for a source showing the
    market distribution between Kodak and Fuji, but I cannot
    any source with such numbers...

    Anyway, major problem which Agfa has here in the US is
    their problem: Who will pay a $1 per roll more than for
    a Sensia? In Germany this looked differently. I just
    got at Sauter in Munich the black round box with 10
    CT-100 Precisa for Eur 25. Comparable non-pro slide
    Fuji Sensia or Kodak was for Eur 30 in a 10 pack.
    Pro 100ISO roll of slide film is approx. 5-6 Eur
    for both Fuji and Agfa. Since I do not use Kodak,
    I am not sure what are their current pro slide


    By the way: Sauters slide developing process made me
    jealous: 1 Eur same day cut and sleeved, 2Eur non-cut
    all role sleeved. I was happy so far with Calypso in
    Santa Clara $4.5 next day or $6.5 next day. Otherwise
    I paid already $10 and more.

    ThomasH, Aug 23, 2004
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  2. ThomasH

    Alan Browne Guest

    ummm, a group led by the film group management is taking it on as
    Agfafilm... so the products will remain and hopefuly flourish.
    Alan Browne, Aug 23, 2004
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  3. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    ThomasH, Aug 23, 2004
  4. Today, I would guess that sales of consumer negative film are far more
    important to a company's well being that sales of slide film. In many
    parts of the country, it's easy to get Agfa consumer print film
    inexpensively -- just walk into a Walgreen's drug stop. The Studio
    35 film is rebadged Agfa Vista, and is available in 200 and 400 speed.

    The "base price" is $5.99 for a three pack, but there's rarely a
    problem finding a "free roll" 4-pack at the same price. About one
    week a month, it will be on sale at $4.99, or they'll add free
    processing for a roll.

    In their own name, Agfa hasn't tried to be anything but a niche player
    in the U.S. for many years.
    Michael Benveniste, Aug 23, 2004
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