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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:44 pm    Post subject: save analog cameras . . . Reply with quote

Through emulsive.org's facebook posting the following came up . . .
A vintage camera seller is working on a save analog camera's campaign and they are live streaming the results of their work. The company is European . . . Cameraventures
Here is the facebook link https://www.facebook.com/cameraventures/?hc_ref=ARR2W24LutFMFdrExOp8uDbJZk6QYBZkybUHL1mcu_JMjJgCJRI-GTRGa9_TMFabkxk This includes their post/video on this event.

The page on their site that explains the campaign is https://cameraventures.com/help

They have a crowd funding survey with prizes of high end vintage gear depending on the number of responses.

Since film's future is always a question this is very interesting.


PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I don't know about the rest of the world but in the UK film use is just about keeping its head above the water and until recently could buy Agfa Vista (Fuji c200) for 1 and can get development and small scan for 3, the scans are downloaded from the net and free postage back for the negs...just annoying that Royal Mail charge 2.90 to send the film to the lab, if they could just increase their width of letter post by a few mms could send the film in a jiffy bag for 90p Sad
So like most things everything is down to demand and pricing and for me as a film users all my life will draw the line if film and dev becomes too expensive.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I watched the key-note live feed on the save analog cameras project.
The results were interesting - there were some things expect and other things not.
The gist of things are best paraphrased from Monty Python . . . "we're not quite dead yet."
The concept of film production seems to be safe but the price may not be as cheap as it was.

A major concern is getting new users involved. They noted that there are many cameras in storage that will never be used but would be ideal to get beginners involved. There is a Finnish initiative that they hope will save 100000 cameras by 2020. On the results site this is explained. This they also linked this to why it may take a long time for new film cameras to appear on the scene.
They talked about a lack of photographic repair services - again those referred by takers of the survey can be found through the same site. They noted that in the areas of film development / scanning - some labs need more equipment to keep up to the demand while many fired those machines up once a week maybe.
More was probably said than I can remember, but the site https://cameraventures.com/results gives a text copy of Juho's speech - a video of it will appear there later.

I hope that we can post the link https://cameraventures.com/results on our sources page as there are links there to film sources, developing services and from participants to the survey links to what repair services there are.