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Re: Anticipating the future
On Tue, 7 Mar 2000, Larry Watson wrote:
> The moral problem is that if you build a cottage industry
> to manufacturer film you hasten the demise of the current
> source. Then what happens if the cottage industry goes under,
> or has enough of a monopoly to squeeze the price up and up.
Indications are, or at least my "radical" sources claim, that the films
being discontinued are NOT because there wasn't demand, or they weren't
profitable, but in a calculated move to make every one go digital -- which
is MUCH MUCH more profitable. These companies are making their major money
from selling softwear and hardware, not film.
For instance, I bought a used Omega D2V enlarger in 1985 for $300, and
will never buy another. I cannot possibly calculate how much money I've
spent on digital equipment, hard and soft, since that time -- and the pace
picks up. This past year, for instance $2000 for one scanner (that has yet
to work, but that's another story). I MUST have an Epson printer, tho I
haven't bought that yet, pressure grows to upgrade the Mac OS, and I limp
along with Photoshop 4, to get 5 is more hundreds, etc. etc. etc. etc.