Thin Ice

film is on thin ice.

When a major film maker, Kodak, Ilford, put film onto reduced production schedule, we are on the edge of another meltdown.

When production can be triggered by a handful of large users, film is in low use. This is a hotdog stand waiting for the game to end

Ilford makes 3 of my most used films. Ortho plus and SFX are coming up on short supply in the US. Apparently I have bought the last of the O+ from B&H several months ago. This triggered the special make run. Following up on the special, special run, I discovered that Ilford will be making O+ every other year.

Tough to make a business based upon a weak supply line. (bob carnie and friends)

SFX was also cleaned out, with only 28 rolls! So, I went to Freestyle and took what they had. That order is on the road, parked in Red Rock Arizona. Will be at my door in the morning.

I have said that I’ll be shooting film until 2020 – that may be optimistic, given the fragility of film supply. Film, that I use, has a decidedly film look, and use. Most films are made to eliminate grain, scan easily, produce flat/linear highlight and shadow rolls – These are all characteristics of digital’s innate performance; except, no need to scan – shoot and go.

What this means to me, is that I will have to order more – sadly, the IR type films don’t store, 3-4 years is their limit for extended sensitivity. The sensitizing dyes are only, just barely stable enough to last.

And so it goes.

Forum Activity

the first Social Networks, before the grand IPOs, were specialty bulletin boards started & run by technicians for hobbyists; often their hobby.

The remaining active boards are self monitored, well segregated groups that are subject to changes in habits. What they do, mainly, is talk among themselves about “dog house” issues. The most frequent posters are most active over social matters; this is the reason that the social network sites have grown so large, so quickly, and will probably take over the conversations conducted by the “old boards.”

Recent update: scans at 7AM, & 7PM for a week produced these average values for 2 boards; the one dedicated to a self described ‘elite’ photographer’s niche; the other is a digital focused board which serves the high density MFDB hobbyists.

FILM BOARD: Members 34,219 Active Members 3,192  16 posters 11 threads

DIGITAL BOARD: Members 5,470  282 users online. 34 members and 248 guests  29 posters 7 threads

The large format forum prides itself on a “large active” membership, while actually few, very few members post. They also post most actively on the “dog house” threads. Topics about themselves, or about non-photography topics — something everyone is prepared to provide an opinion about.


The smaller digital board heats up mainly during product announcements, otherwise its active threads are over shared imagery. Most of the responses to the pictures mimic those of the Film Boarders — “nice” “well done” “great lens” “what type of ” “where is that at”

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