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R.I.P., the movie camera: 1888-2011

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted October 19 2011 - 03:43 AM

Too many RIPs lately.  This time, though, it's not a person.

Major manufacturers have ceased production of new motion picture film cameras; cinema as we once knew it is dead..


#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted October 19 2011 - 05:10 AM

Yeah, Sam Posten posted about this too. While it's definitely a sad sign of the times, don't expect 35mm film production to immediately cease. There's a lot of equipment still out there, and will be for a long time to come. The end of film production will be a slow drift toward digital as equipment craps out and a new generation of directors and D.P.s comes in, not a sudden flip flop.

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted October 19 2011 - 06:38 AM

If it goes like consumer market has it will be faster than you think. Without the bulk of the market to keep things moving it will be too expensive to process film especially given the other benefits of digital (not to debate them overall, I like both as a consumer and I'm sure directors and DPs will pine for film aesthetic for years). The economic realities will be hard to combat.

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#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted October 19 2011 - 06:43 AM

It's been a long life. How many items do you have around the house that are circa 1888 technology? The closest thing I have are some old rifles: the oldest one that I fire is dated 1896 from the Tula armory in Tsarist Russia.
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