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Old 01-12-2006, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For anyone who hasn't seen this yet...

Nikon Press Release

At least they are keeping the F6 and the FM10 for us diehard film lovers but they're even stopping production of large format lenses. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

No offense to all the digital shooters in here but I still love film. For anyone who's ever handled a 8x10 Velvia transparency, it's a religious experience! I can't say the same for an 11x14 Epson print.

Even though I'm researching to buy my first REAL digital camera (probably an S3 - it has it's place in some instances) my preferred medium is and will be film.

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Re: Sad news from Nikon
Old 01-12-2006, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very sad news, but then again, Nikon hasn't made one of my cameras for quite some time, my FE, and hasn't made my main camera, the F4s for a few years. I guess I will have to go digital soon, I have my eye on the Nikon D70, just waiting for the money to get saved up.

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Re: Sad news from Nikon
Old 01-12-2006, 03:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jim,

I'm with you- knew the day would come, but sad all the same. I shoot an F3, designed in 1985, one of the best cameras ever. Been looking at the Canon 5D, nice camera but $3000? Thought I was paying top dollar for the F3, $1500 with 28 mm lens. They will never match the old days, but who can tell them that, Canon has always been ahead in digital, what can you do?

Seen it too many times - all the little newbies, corporate BS, saying what's best. Try as you may, can't stop "progress". Too bad. Glory days are over and here I am, only 50!

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Re: Sad news from Nikon
Old 01-13-2006, 12:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm with you- knew the day would come, but sad all the same. I shoot an F3, designed in 1985, one of the best cameras ever. Been looking at the Canon 5D, nice camera but $3000? Thought I was paying top dollar for the F3, $1500 with 28 mm lens. They will never match the old days, but who can tell them that, Canon has always been ahead in digital, what can you do?

Seen it too many times - all the little newbies, corporate BS, saying what's best. Try as you may, can't stop "progress". Too bad. Glory days are over and here I am, only 50!

Steve

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It's just the way you look at it. Just think you are buying that digital camera with 100's if not 1000's of rolls of film. That's the main difference between digitial and film. With digital a majority of the cost is an upfront cost, but with film it's just spread out. In Vegas it costs me about $20 for 24 slides (film + developing cost) whereas I can take my digital camera out and snap about as many if I want and it don't cost anything but time since I forked out all the money up front.

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Old 01-13-2006, 12:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, it probably means they can redirect the monies formerly spent on R&D in those areas to their Digital cameras. I would like to see them compete with Canon better (as this would force Canon to lower their prices)...

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You know, I can't really complain, been in technology most of my working life, even played my small part in helping to create this marvel of the modern world, the Internet.

I've been doing photography a shorter time, about 16 years. Early on used to do B&W in the darkroom, and became interested in a technique called dye transfer printing. Basically, you'd start with a color slide, copy it onto 3 separate B&W negatives through red, green and blue filters. Expose the negatives onto 3 separate sheets of a special film, develop these and then print them in register with cyan, magenta and yellow inks with excellent archival quality vs. standard color prints.

Never got to try it, as Kodak discontinued the materials.

Now there was a craft. Can you imagine all that trouble, now it only takes a few seconds to do the same thing?

Fortunately there are some old crafts that are still useful today, one which I practice, that being stonemasonry. It gives me that creative outlet that there used to be in the darkroom. Digital just doesn't do that for me. When film goes away it will be for good, we'll never have it back. Might be a good time to start collecting those classic prints. Seriously.

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Re: Sad news from Nikon
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Hey Bobby,

Were you here back at the start of this? Seem to remember you from then.

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At the start of GG?? No, I've only been a member since December of 04'
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