Kodak abandons lowend camera market

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by bmoag, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. bmoag

    bmoag Guest

    It seems that many members of this newsgroup are not informed about the
    range of photographic products Kodak makes that have nothing to do with
    consumer/professional camera imaging and are larger profit centers. Digital
    imaging for Kodak is not just consumer cameras. They have giant shares of
    medical, industrial and scientific imaging and these are all converting to
    digital processes. Possibly the biggest threat to Kodak is the ongoing
    conversion of medical imaging from film to digital because Kodak dominates
    the film part of this business. Every hospital and diagnostic imaging center
    in the U.S. has to convert from film to digital over the next few years. If
    Kodak cannot maintain market share in these fields Kodak will not survive
    and will be bought by probably an Asian company. Despite its ubiquity in the
    consumer markeplace Kodak's survival is not dependent on the part of its
    business most of us interact with. Kodak has not even tried to compete, as
    an importer or a manufacturer, in anything other than low end cameras since
    the 1960's, a strategy it has been criticized for over the last 35 years.
     
    bmoag, Jan 14, 2004
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    stacey Guest

    And now they want to get back into the camera bussiness?

    I too could never understand why they stopped making their good cameras. I
    own several old Large Format Kodak lenses and they are excelent. They had
    one of the finest optical production lines in the world at that period of
    time. They also imported/produced the really good Duo-620 and retina series
    of rangefinders, then they just stopped. All they have produced from the
    60's on have been garbage for the most part.
     
    stacey, Jan 14, 2004
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  3. They made excellent slide projectors, but now they have even abandoned
    those.....Basically, they are just a photographic supplies/chemical company
    now......
     
    William Graham, Jan 14, 2004
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  4. Kodak did make some very fine cameras at one time, but that was a very
    long time ago and they were never a commercial success. I would not expect
    to see them go back after a market they were never able to crack. Their
    market is in the commercial (like medical) and mass market amateur areas.
    It is not unreasonable for them to stick with that core market.

    They did have a very good slide projector. I believe it started as a
    commercial item, but because it was so much better and not that much more
    expensive than the other available products it became the standard, with a
    commercial sub line. That was an exception which was created by a large
    hole in the market place.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Jan 14, 2004
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  5. A little research and I have found that your information is not exactly
    right and a little misleading.

    "But the Rochester-based company will continue to sell one-time use cameras
    in the West and expand its sales of these and other film-based cameras and
    supplies in markets such as China, India, and Latin America, where demand is
    on the rise."

    and
    "Kodak said that it plans to continue making reloadable cameras that use
    35-millimeter film in emerging markets, such as China, India, Eastern Europe
    and Latin America and that it will introduce six new cameras in those
    markets this year.

    "Kodak said the 35-millimeter film industry is growing at double-digit rates
    in those markets.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Jan 14, 2004
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  6. bmoag

    stacey Guest

    Yes but in my experience the kodak lenses supplied with them were awful!
    Mine was really bad and even a $40 Raynox was a huge improvement.
    That is losing money trying to get into the digital market. They wonder why
    people don't take the kodak digital's seriously after they dished out crap
    for 40 years? Guess soon they will raise the price of film/chemicals to
    cover their digital loses?
     
    stacey, Jan 15, 2004
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  7. bmoag

    stacey Guest


    Sounds like film isn't going to die anytime soon...
     
    stacey, Jan 15, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Depends on *how much* film they're selling, not the growth *rate*. If
    they're only selling 1000 rolls a year (exaggerating for effect here!)
    then double-digit growth isn't going to do much good.
     
    Mark Roberts, Jan 15, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Publicly held corporations are shareholder driven for growth, not plateaus.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 15, 2004
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