Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Don't take my Kodachrome away

Something has been puzzling me in my wanderings around the Upper East Side lately.

A large photo-developing store opened on 86th Street a few weeks ago. And I mean a BIG space. And, needless to say, every time I pass by, it is always empty of customers.

Now, why would someone open a photo-developing store these days?

Is that really a growth industry? Do you know anyone who uses film-based cameras instead of digital? Hell, Nikon, recently announced they were no longer even going to make film cameras anymore.

And if anyone does still use film, don’t they tend to drop it off at CVS or the like?

I can’t figure out if this is like one of those guys with the horrible timing who opened a horse and buggy business a few years after Model T’s started puttering around the streets of America in the last century.

Or is this proprietor some sort of shrewd genius, figuring, well, sure, more and more people use digital, but there are still an awful lot of folks who use film, and they’re all not going to throw out perfectly working cameras, ergo, I will get their business, as most of the other developers seem to be disappearing.

More importantly, do I just spend too much time fixating on pointless trivia? The Magic 8 Ball says Yes!


Anonymous said...

Interesting trivia though. I dont know anyone who uses film but my grandparents, and they really never take any pictures, so I don't know who goes to photo developing places anymore?

Not a hipster said...

Here in Minneapolis, I've noticed that the people who still use film are mostly photojournalist majors in college. You can do all kinds of cool things with film like photo transfers, so beginner photogs still occasionally use it.

The bad part about that is the places they deal with aren't your typical Proex, so they spend a ton of cash to have a high priced "real" developer take care of it. Then once they graduate, they realize that everyone uses digital, so they sell their film camera to the next up and coming photographer and buy the digital.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they do work though like enlarging or fixing old prints, that you can't do at home on a computer? And I think it's still cheaper to get mutliple prints through a store, than on your home printer.

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