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    Possible new film

    By my very nature I am an entrupanurer. I am always dreaming up business ideas and products. I also have a degree in chemistry and have plenty of engineering connections. After starting LF I realize there is still plenty of need for quality film products, especially in the LF and MF arenas.

    In the intrest of feeling out the market before I invest a substantial of time, money and energy, how open would you be to a new brand of film?

    Assume the film is competativly priced and available in a few different flavors. ie color neg, and different iso's.

    Also, if I were to start something of this nature, what would you like to see in a film and film company? That is, what characteristics are important to you?

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    Re: Possible new film

    You should get the book "Making Kodak Film" by Robert Shanebrook and see what is involved. It is a very substantial effort to make color film.

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    Re: Possible new film

    I'd like to see you re-create Kodachrome.

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    Good luck, Jeff.

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    I would defiantly start with black & white, but the difficultly is not a concern at the moment. I am more concerned about marketability

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    If it is something akin to the characteristics of PlusX or SuperXX I'd buy!

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    Re: Possible new film

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    If it is something akin to the characteristics of PlusX or SuperXX I'd buy!
    Thanks! This is what I need to know. What do people want in a film? both B&W and color?

    If I am going to do this I want to create a great product.

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    You might want to read the latest PMA report on trends in the photo industry for 2011 before you start.

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    Re: Possible new film

    Quote Originally Posted by dexmeister View Post
    I would defiantly start with black & white, but the difficultly is not a concern at the moment. I am more concerned about marketability
    For black and white, I can't personally see switching from Ilford. I love HP5, FP4 and Delta 100, and they are all still available for 8x10 on down to the smaller formats I shoot. Those three cover any imaginable need I have for b&w film in the absence of Kodak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John NYC View Post
    For black and white, I can't personally see switching from Ilford. I love HP5, FP4 and Delta 100, and they are all still available for 8x10 on down to the smaller formats I shoot. Those three cover any imaginable need I have for b&w film in the absence of Kodak.
    Also, thanks! If people are happy with their current offerings that is just as important.

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