From a good source: Nikon plans already to drop compact film cameras

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by ThomasH, Jun 19, 2004.

  1. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    I saw this 2 days ago at Reuters, what is a serious source of
    information, and not just a rumor.

    Nikon's president of imaging division Kimura states: "Our basic
    plan is to ramp production of the D70 to 90,000 units, but we
    will probably see that go to 95,000 or 100,000 units,"

    He also said that the price drop of film cameras exceeds
    expectations. Quoted words Kimuras are: "There really is no
    region in the world where you can do good business in compact
    film cameras anymore." The will still make the SLR's, for now...

    The article said that: "Canon and Nikon control nearly all of
    the nascent digital SLR market. They are also the leading makers
    of film SLRs, but demand is declining due to a rapid switch to
    digital models."

    Its only a question of time...

    I doubt we will ever see a new Nikon 35mm SLR. Probably the just
    released Canon's new EOS 30 (Elan 7ne) is the last 35mm Canon...

    By the way: In the latest edition of Toyo Keizai "Japan Company
    Handbook" Nikon is listed as "the most profitable among listed
    companies with estimated operating profit of 10 billion yen or
    more." They fly currently, but their base is not as good as Canon's
    because their stepper business is subject to "violent volatility"
    in semiconductor market.

    I sold recently my EOS-3 and I will keep my Nikon F90 as the only
    35mm SLR. Maybe I will get myself a F4 for pure nostalgia. My F90
    has no resale value, after being in uninterrupted service since,
    ahem, 1986, if my memory serves me? What a magnificent device!
    No failure, not ever.

    I am curious if Kodak was able to provide a sound base for the
    life "after film." Agfa, Konica and Fuji already did.

    ThomasH, Jun 19, 2004
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  2. ThomasH

    Eric Shune Guest


    F90.......1986......surely not........1995/96 maybe

    and yes I tried selling mine recently and no takers
    Eric Shune, Jun 19, 2004
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  3. ThomasH

    ThomasH Guest

    Yep, as it happens the '8' and '9' keys are sooo close together! :))
    Thanks for the pointer!

    ThomasH, Jun 19, 2004
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