Kodak Selling Off Iconic Photography Business

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mrpijey

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Now that they are selling out everything the only thing that will remain are the lawyers for future patent trolling... they already tried to sue a few companies.
 

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Maybe this will open a spot for Polaroid's to make a comeback. While digital camera's are grand, there was just something awesome about a polaroid that nothing digital will ever replace and you didn't have to worry about that picture of you in handcuffs, a gimp mask and a ball gag getting emailed to everyone in the office....
 

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Yet another US manufacturer who missed the boat.
Not much left that is actually "Made in the USA".
We are becoming a country of Bankers, Lawyers and Burger Flippers.

We are exporting raw materials and importing finished goods; the prime definition of a 3rd world country.
 

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[citation][nom]dalethepcman[/nom]Maybe this will open a spot for Polaroid's to make a comeback. While digital camera's are grand, there was just something awesome about a polaroid that nothing digital will ever replace and you didn't have to worry about that picture of you in handcuffs, a gimp mask and a ball gag getting emailed to everyone in the office....[/citation]
Polaroid went down way before Kodak did
 

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Now this is the Kodak moment we have all been waiting for.

Kodak hasn't been relevant since...

It's been so long I can't remember.
 

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[citation][nom]freggo[/nom]Yet another US manufacturer who missed the boat.Not much left that is actually "Made in the USA".We are becoming a country of Bankers, Lawyers and Burger Flippers.We are exporting raw materials and importing finished goods; the prime definition of a 3rd world country.[/citation]

Yup. Sad.
 

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Look at the Wright Brothers airplane business. You know, the guys who invented powered flight.
They made the bulk of WWII fighter planes for the USA, after the war - they couldn't transition into fighters/jet planes compared to other companies. The last plane they built was in the early-mid 50s.

They are actually a profitable company today... building components for airplanes.
 

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End of an era. It would've been nice to see them transform to a dSLR corporation but given the huge hurdles and the massive lead Nikon/Canon/Pentax has in the dSLR market, I'd imagine it doesn't make fiscal sense.
 

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Eddieroolz: Kodak was never a leader in SLR cameras. They were in the film/print/paper business. They made a boat load of money selling one-time-use film cameras (remember those back in the 90s?) Their main market was P&S cameras as a starter / kids / general users... who may grow up to buying SLRs. Fujifilm has long ago transition their company off of film/print as their primary. They have a sold line of digital and DSLR cameras, they sell industrial and medical class equipment (something that Kodak is attempting in a small way).

Back in 2002 - visiting my little sister up north, I brought along my $400 Canon 2MP camera. She told me "Digital will never replace film" I laughed and told her... "give it a few years". By the mid 2000s, film was in trouble. Its sad to see FILM go... there maybe a use for FILM for certain things... but not much. Even to a seasoned photographer - the point is the PHOTO, not the mechanics of how you got it. And since most pros work with Photoshop (or similar) software - you don't end up degrading your photo by having to SCAN the negatives/prints into your computer.
 

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[citation][nom]belardo[/nom]Eddieroolz: Kodak was never a leader in SLR cameras. They were in the film/print/paper business. They made a boat load of money selling one-time-use film cameras (remember those back in the 90s?) Their main market was P&S cameras as a starter / kids / general users... who may grow up to buying SLRs. Fujifilm has long ago transition their company off of film/print as their primary. They have a sold line of digital and DSLR cameras, they sell industrial and medical class equipment (something that Kodak is attempting in a small way).Back in 2002 - visiting my little sister up north, I brought along my $400 Canon 2MP camera. She told me "Digital will never replace film" I laughed and told her... "give it a few years". By the mid 2000s, film was in trouble. Its sad to see FILM go... there maybe a use for FILM for certain things... but not much. Even to a seasoned photographer - the point is the PHOTO, not the mechanics of how you got it. And since most pros work with Photoshop (or similar) software - you don't end up degrading your photo by having to SCAN the negatives/prints into your computer.[/citation]

i still want digital film for cameras... i could get my hands on some old slr bodies.
 
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