Way back in 2011, the founder of the cine camera manufacturer Aaton, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, said in an interview, “Why buy a new one when there are so many used cameras around the world?”
And Bill Russell, vice president of cameras for manufacturer ARRI, added that: “The demand for film cameras on a global basis has all but disappeared.”
These comments coincided with both these, and other manufacturers deciding to halt production of analog cine cameras.
And a friend of mine who was looking for a roll of 120 film, scoured his hometown but could not find a single stockist who kept medium format film. Apparently, he walked into one photo print studio where they process films and asked for a roll of 120…and the shop workers just looked at him… for a long time…before asking what that was!
So, certainly a worrying time for all of us. So far, we can still access film from online sources, but how long for? Will the same thing that happened to cine film and cine cameras happen to us too?
Only time can tell. Meanwhile, use as much film as you can, for if we do not, the old supply/demand formula will come into play, and we could end up losing supplies.
All types of 35mm and 120 films can be purchased at the sister site to this blog here