Film is not dead: Demand soars for vintage cameras in developing trend

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Thanks for sharing!
 

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It is good that the major media outlets are taking notice.

Which is, of course, fairly ironic.
Given the demographics of NBC's viewing audience.
But it is still good to see.
 
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Which is, of course, fairly ironic.
Given the demographics of NBC's viewing audience.
But it is still good to see.

And the demographics are? People that watch television? Watch MSNBC since it will also carry it?
 

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I like the tone of the report. After growing up with instant results, the having to wait, the surprise of seeing an image for the first time and the little girl who found the process magical. After fifty years of film, I still feel the same way.
 

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I use to tell my students "It's the nearest you will get to magic".
 

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I like the tone of the report. After growing up with instant results, the having to wait, the surprise of seeing an image for the first time and the little girl who found the process magical. After fifty years of film, I still feel the same way.

When MotoFoto came along, people could be surprised in an hour, instead of having to wait three or four days to be surprised. The downside was that people didn't forget everything they shot in an hour, so there were fewer surprises. Now, with the film revival, and most of the one hour processing places closed, we're back to getting more surprises. This just couldn't have worked out any better. Of course, you still need a phone with an alarm to tell you when to go pick up your processed film, because otherwise you might not remember that you dropped it off. Wouldn't that be a surprise.
 
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In my neck of the world we have at least 3 full service color services, and Wilson Camera just added a Frontier, they are selling a lot of 35mm, people started with point and shoots are now moving up to older all mechanical bodies.
 

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This is great to hear! I’m so glad a new generation is discovering the magic, because that’s what made the experience so amazing to me. It still feels that way.
 

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I use to tell my students "It's the nearest you will get to magic".

Watching the final print come up in the developer under a safelight (B&W of course) is magical. I have not experienced that in a long time... Seeing scanned images reversed and tweaked is the best I get these days (and is also magical, because it is the first glimpse of the results).
 

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I like the tone of the report. After growing up with instant results, the having to wait, the surprise of seeing an image for the first time and the little girl who found the process magical. After fifty years of film, I still feel the same way.

I’m the same way. I’ve developed hundreds of rolls in the last few years. And every time I pull one out to dry I think ‘great, I didnt frack it up!’
 

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They said in the video: "...driven largely by millennials and social media platforms like Instagram..."

I think Sirius meant the demographics of NBC. Which are old. Boomers and older. Anyone younger than that doesn't watch analog TV news. The irony being that the elderly crowd is getting a story about what's trendy, not the younger folks who actually tend to hop on trends.

I actually think it isn't millennials. At least where I live, it's GenZ, the 20 somethings and younger, who are all into the film. But that's just my small circle, of course.
 

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I'm in the process of up grading my darkroom, say no more!
My nearest film supplier is, again, out of stock of Ilford HP5 in the 120 size.
I only hope the trend will continue.

TB
 

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And the demographics are? People that watch television? Watch MSNBC since it will also carry it?

Broadcast television is more and more the choice of older people. The number of younger people who even have a television - as against a monitor that accesses only non-broadcast and non-cable network sources - is decreasing rapidly.
 

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I have a Roku TV, and watched Antenna TV on it for 2 years before figuring out it could connect to the internet. That's turned out to be a huge step backwards. In many ways its worse than Antenna TV because the TV/internet/"smart" phone/laptop are all one now. Advertisers hound and track me day and night.

It's ridiculous. I don't see the benefits. Cable at least was reliable. Streaming works only as well as your connection at that moment in time.
 

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And the demographics are? People that watch television? Watch MSNBC since it will also carry it?

Most people under 40, maybe even older don't even own what would classically be called a Television. The main use of a monitor is not for watching TV. I don't own one, everything I'd want to watch aside from some sports is online. If I can't catch the game online I fire up the old wireless set.
 

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Most people under 40, maybe even older don't even own what would classically be called a Television.

Here's an interesting graph that agrees with the statement above: Electronic devices by age. Among the young crowd, it looks like smartphones are replacing TV sets.
Anyway, it's good to hear that film is coming back, as happened with vinyl records.
 

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Here's an interesting graph that agrees with the statement above: Electronic devices by age. Among the young crowd, it looks like smartphones are replacing TV sets.

Do you know what is meant by "television peripherals" in that chart? I'm pretty sure it isn't rabbit ears :smile:
 
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