Thursday, January 12, 2006

Nikon to drop film and focus on digital

Well it was bound to happen, even to the big boys, but so soon! According to a press release from Nikon UK (why just here?) Nikon will stop the production of all film based cameras and accessories, except for the F6 and the FM10 (only available outside Europe) and all large format lenses and enlarging lenses. There are also reports that all manual 35mm lens production will stop, but it does appear that some manual lenses will still be made namely: 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8, 28mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.2, 50mm f/1.4, 55mm (Micro-Nikkor) f/2.8, 105mm (Micro-Nikkor) f/2.8, and the 85mm Perspective Control Micro-Nikkor.

Importantly "after-sales service will continue to be provided", so hopefully that means that they will repair film-based equipment.

So does that mean that the value of my film equipment will go up or down?

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