Kodak Scraps 35mm Film Cameras in North America and Western Europe

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    NikonMan Guest

    Facing Digital Heat, Kodak Scraps 35mm Film Cameras in North America and
    Western Europe
    By Ben Dobbin
    The Associated Press

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co. plans to stop selling reloadable
    35mm film cameras in North America and Western Europe this year, testifying
    to the swift rise of digital photography's popularity.
    The decision Tuesday also came as the firm decided to end its efforts with
    Advanced Photo System cameras, a much-ballyhooed format launched in 1996 to
    rekindle interest in consumer photography.

    Though Kodak, the world's biggest photography company, expects to phase out
    35mm reloadable cameras in North America and Western Europe, it plans to
    expand manufacturing in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, where the
    35mm market is still growing at a double-digit clip.

    Sales of 35mm cameras in the U.S. market, in which Kodak is a minor player,
    fell below 8 million last year, down more than 20 percent from 2002.

    Filmless digital cameras, which record snapshots on computer chips, have
    begun outselling traditional film cameras for the first time in the United

    Last year, 12.5 million digital cameras were sold versus 12.1 million film
    cameras, the Photo Marketing Association said. The association projects that
    15.7 million digital cameras and 10.6 million film cameras will be sold this

    As for APS cameras, Kodak said it will stop manufacturing the devices by the
    end of 2004, citing declining demand and poor financial returns. The company
    will continue to make and upgrade APS film and one-time-use cameras.

    Codeveloped by Kodak, Canon, Fuji, Minolta and Nikon, APS cameras produce
    pictures in a variety of sizes on the same roll of 24mm film. They feature a
    drop-in cartridge to eliminate loading errors and a magnetic stripe on the
    film for ordering extra copies.

    In February 1996, the photo giants heralded the system as the biggest
    breakthrough in consumer photography since 35mm technology emerged in 1926.
    It quickly fell far short of expectations.

    Worldwide sales of APS cameras have been stuck at around 2.5 million units a
    year, with Kodak's Advantix models accounting for about half of those, said
    Kodak spokesman Charles Smith.


    On the Net: http://www.kodak.com

    AP-ES-01-14-04 0322EST

    This story can be found at: http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA62VO4FPD.html
    NikonMan, Jan 14, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    Considering the really low exchange rates in emerging markets, this could mean
    a good source of even lower priced 35 mm film might happen soon. Perhaps B&H
    and others will start bringing in films from those markets.
    Wow, since 1996, about 17.5 million of those APS cameras have been sold! I
    never would have imagined that many, since I do not see those in use very
    often. I wonder how many rolls of APS film are sold each year.


    Gordon Moat
    Alliance Graphique Studio
    Gordon Moat, Jan 14, 2004
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