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Canon Film Camera Development RIP
Old 05-25-2006, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Canon to stop making single-lens camera

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TOKYO - Japan's top camera maker, Canon Inc., will stop developing new single-lens reflex film cameras as more people abandon film for digital, company officials said Thursday.
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Canon will continue making film cameras already on the market as long as their demand remains. Whether to withdraw from the film camera business will be "decided appropriately by judging the market situation," said Canon spokesman Hiroshi Yoshinaga.

Japanese camera makers sold a combined total 64.77 million digital cameras last year globally, compared with 5.38 million film cameras, according to industry figures. Yoshinaga said his company could not disclose the number of cameras sold.

Meanwhile, Tsuneji Uchida, president of Canon, told reporters that demand for film cameras will be limited to "special needs" like camera buffs, Kyodo News agency said.

In January, Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., another Japanese optical manufacturer, said it was quitting the camera business altogether — digital and film — and selling its digital assets to rival Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).
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Re: Canon Film Camera Development RIP
Old 05-25-2006, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I was at a David Ziser seminar last week and he asked the question "How many people here have never shot film?" 6 hands went up. I was pretty amazed.

I guess films time is passing just as old silver covered glass did, but it really makes me nostalgic. I do prefer digital, but there are definitely things I miss about film. It has been two or thre years since I ran a roll through the RB67. And now even my EOS that I used to take on vacations has been replaced by my D30 which doesn't see much action since I purchased the 20D.
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I figured it was just a matter of time. Many other anouncements of this sort to come soon, I'm sure. Ah well, another era passing.
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Nikon... Canon... and so it goes...



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