Then, Bergger anounced that they will be releasing a 400 ISO b&w film, Pancro 400, which will be available in 35mm, 120, and 4x5! I am less familiar with Bergger, but I did know of their paper. I wondered if the Bergger film the same as the JCH Street Pan, which has had very good reviews, but the JCH film was made by Agfa. I confess that I have not yet purchased any myself.
|South Beech Street, Syracuse, NY Feb. 1978.|
|Dave Rosher with his Spotmatic, summer, 1977.|
|Adrienne, fall of 1978.|
I am not here to bash the digital realm -- it is a necessity of every-day communication, consumption, and path of ideas. Without the internet and the invention of the magic of HTTP and its subsequent eruption of the web as we now know it, we would be back to using something like CompUServe (for those of you who do not know of a world without internet -- we got along just fine.) We are a visual culture, and photography is an extension of that. We can still use film and share online, share via printed works, share via exhibitions, and yes, share via Instagram if we so choose.
I think it would also behoove the primary SLR manufacturers to rethink their marketing strategy. While sales of DSLRs have dropped due to the smaller size and capabilities of the mirrorless cameras, smartphones have decimated point and shoot sales. If Nikon, Canon, and Pentax were to release at least a decent 35mm SLR again, it would be a great thing. All Nikon has to do is manufacture the F100 again-- certainly the best AF SLR that wasn't an F5 or F6. Canon could produce an EOS film camera (not the plastic Rebels, please), and Pentax ought to have a K1000 made once again. Do you know how many people think the K1000 is the best student camera ever? It amazes me. Yes, there are a lot of used film cameras available, but having a new model would certainly not be a bad thing.
Look at what people will pay for a cheap plastic Lomography camera. If Joe Blow spends $500 on a 120 Lomo LC-W, he'll spend $1200 for a new Nikon film camera.
So, maybe it's time to have people petition the camera makers for new film cameras. I don't know what more digital can offer anyone that it doesn't already. Meanwhile, we have some new films to try out!
Edit: After writing this post, I found this post by Zorki Photo, which is a very good article.