The word on the street is this…Cinema is dead!


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

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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