Lost in the noise: No more Konica film

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mark Roberts, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Mark Roberts

    Mark Roberts Guest

    With all the fuss over Konica-Minolta getting out of the camera
    business, I haven't seen much about the fact that they're also going to
    stop making film and photo paper after March of next year. I never used
    Konica film myself, but I know people who are fans of it.
    I assume that there will be no more Konica minilabs for C-41
    processing/printing, though I haven't seen it specifically mentioned.
    http://news.com.com/Konica+Minolta+abandons+cameras,+film/2100-1041_3-6028551.html?tag=nefd.top
     
    Mark Roberts, Jan 19, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    the end of March.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Jan 19, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Konica was never the player in the US Minilab business that Kodak and Sony
    were. This was unfortunate as their Impresa 50 was a fantastic portrait
    film with the most incredible blues I've seen using a C41 film. I've read
    that there's a special Impresa "channel", I presume only available on a
    Konica machine, that provides optimal image quality. I've printed Impresa
    on Kodak paper with very good results. I would be nice if Fuji picked up
    some of the Konica film line, but doubtful.
     
    Guest, Jan 19, 2006
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    I would be nice if Fuji picked up some of the Konica film line, but
    doubtful.

    Fuji would be mental not to cherry pick Agfa and Konica if you ask me, just
    look at Konica's unit sales, they are still doing plenty business.
     
    Joseph Kewfi, Jan 20, 2006
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    george Guest

    I really liked their ISO 100 film. I assume that the exposure meters
    (wonderful ones) and the film scanners are history too?
     
    george, Jan 20, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest


    You can bet your life on it. There are plenty of wonderful exposure
    meters from Sekonic, Gossen and others and plenty of wonderful film
    scanners from Nikon and others, so don't shed too many tears.

    The film scanner market is rapidly diminishing in any case.
     
    Tony Polson, Jan 20, 2006
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Could be, but I've seen a lot of them around my region.
    Fuji is going to make supplies for the orphaned Agfa minilabs, so
    there's a chance they may do the same for Konica.
     
    Mark Roberts, Jan 20, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Scanners and meters are less critical as they are "standalone" products.
    Unlike SLR's with system lenses and flashes and other accessories.

    I've had 2 Sekonic meters and one Minolta. (I now have only a Sekonic).
    But it wouldn't matter if I had the Minolta, it would last for another
    20 years and be perfectly serviceable throughout. Frankly I don't like
    the Sekonic as much as the Minolta's (ergonomics) but the Sekonics with
    the optical spot meters are very good and very practical. (L-558 in my case)

    I have a Minolta scanner, but will soon get a Nikon 9000 ED for medium
    format. So the 5400 will be sold for a song for the lucky buyer.

    I know a few people who are fierce defenders of some Konica films,
    notably portrait negative films for weddings. I've never used it
    myself. So it's sad that these will be dropped.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 21, 2006
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