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    Kodak Announcement: All Surviving Films subject to 15% Price Hike

    http://www.bjp-online.com/british-jo...s-prices-films


    Kodak seems to actively want to destroy its business. Particularly hard for those of us in the UK who already pay around $60 a box for Portra 4x5 we'll be stumping up $68 instead of around $34 it'll cost in the US.

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    Re: Kodak Announcement: All Surviving Films subject to 15% Price Hike

    With this move they will commit suicide. It appears to me they forgot that Fuji is still there, waiting for a tiny mistake.
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    Don't count on it. Fuji's prices will probably rise too, and already have dramatically risen for certain products. Then they have an added form of overhead which Kodak doesn't - energy prices in Japan have understandably gone way up since the disaster last yr.

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    Nah, no suicide. The market can stand that. In black and white Ilford is already more expensive. This will just bring them up to comparable prices, more or less. Fuji? Fuji has nothing comparable to Ektar 100 or Portra 400 IMHO. And those are good enough I'll pay more for them.
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    Roger, until Kodak decides to discontinue them- which they will, like so many of the other products folks got use to. I am sure this list is much longer. In my opinion Kodak should just quit and get the hell out, leaving the market share to better & more nimble companies. This my short list.

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    Maybe, in which case I will live with Fuji. Maybe not. The only thing I think anyone can be sure of is that "no one really knows."
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    Re: Kodak Announcement: All Surviving Films subject to 15% Price Hike

    I'm just glad they are still making film. I figured there'd be a chance the bankruptcy (or a deal to prevent it) would have stopped it production. I've got a couple years worth in the freezer right now, so I'll always (in the future) using film at the price it was two-three years ago.

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    Re: Kodak Announcement: All Surviving Films subject to 15% Price Hike

    Well having "film" vs. one's favored emulsion is two different things. I for one LOVE Plus-X in sheet form. Its getting thin now, but I use it when I want that certain "look". TMX/TMY-2 don't cut it IMO.

    Acros is great too, but I wish Fuji would decide to import a case of 8x10 into the USA, limiting it to 1box/person. That way we could spread the love and others could try it out. Its a great film.

    For slides, I love E100G(RIP). Has a "truthfulness" about it that I've found Fuji's E-6 emulsions can't emulate the way I like. I like WYSIWYG results, so I know if the light is cool, I can add a warming filter, if its too warm, a cooling filter(or if I want too cool the scene for altered affects, or to accentuate overall color balance...)

    So just because there's "film" available doesn't mean one has to accept the status quo of current emulsions. If you have emulsions that are critical to your workflow, that other emulsions cannot emulate, I'd personally find it hard to switch over.

    However, when I finally shoot through the end of my stash of E100G in 4x5 and 8x10, I might research Fuji's offerings. But for now I'm rationing my shots to make sure I get the most keepers on the film I love.

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    The rising cost of oil wil (and has already) drive up the cost of everything. a second factor is the devaluation of the Dollar which also drives price inflation.
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    Re: Kodak Announcement: All Surviving Films subject to 15% Price Hike

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    The rising cost of oil wil (and has already) drive up the cost of everything. a second factor is the devaluation of the Dollar which also drives price inflation.
    Right now oil demand in the US is at more than a 10 year low, and supplies are plentiful. Even in the developing world, China's economy is slowing enough to scare the crap out of their leaders (still growing at what would be a prodigious pace in the west, but definitely slowing a lot.)

    Once this speculation fueled oil bubble bursts just like the last one did and the price of oil tanks back to <$70/barrel, we'll see if all the prices for things that went up because transportation costs increased then come back down because they decrease again. I'll bet not.
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