[font color=\'#000000\']Hi everyone,
I have a question concerning the life expectancy of film as a medium for photography. Sooner than I expected, the 35 mm digital seems to have surpassed the film. There is no doubt that the ongoing migration of the professionals toward the digital is going to decrease the demand after (professional) film and related products. Sadly, this will make the manufacturers raise the prices and, some time later, the film as an affordable and medium will disappear altogether. When do you think this will happen?
I am rather new to photography, having purchased my first camera just a year and half ago. Since I wanted to learn to make good photographs and not just take snapshots, I decided to buy a modern manual camera with a prime lense (Contax Aria), being aware of and accepting its limitations. Recently, I have decided to add one wide-angle and one telephoto to my normal lens. This is going to be a considerable investment for me, since young university teachers like me unfortunatelly have a very low salary in my country (Czech Republic). Naturally, I am quite concerned with the expected demise of film, since I am afraid that in a decade I will have no quality film to shoot with these expensive lenses. I am quite satisfied with the technical quality of the pictures I am getting, so I am not jealous about the possible higher quality of the latest digital slr's.
What are your predictions of the developments in this area? I can only hope that Kodak's Photokina introduction of new Royal Supra film is a good sign.
P.S. To get more feedback, I have posted this issue also on the photo.net[/font]