Germany photographic company AgfaPhoto is likely to close down by the end of the year, making around 1700 of its workforce redundant, reports DW-World.de. Talks with UK company Photo-Me International about a possible takeover were rejected by the creditors because the offer "contained too many points that were unacceptable". AgfaPhoto has been operating under bankruptcy protection since May, when it filed for insolvency. The company will end operations at the end of the year, after all its stock has been used.
Tis a shame but so too wwas the demise of wheelwrights and oggle box makers. You have to keep up or give up in this hard hard world- apart from I think scanners[possibly rebadged]and inkjet papers[branded again from a main maker] I dont think Agfa made any real impact into the digital world.
I'll say. I'll have to use Kodachrome from now on, which my nearest stockist doesn't sell (though that may change now). The Agfa stock is/was better value.
As for the writing being on the wall... well I'll have to choose to ignore it then. To match the performance of my EOS 1v and EOS 3 bodies with a digital equivalent that has a 36x24mm CCD and a 100% viewfinder would mean £5200 on an EOS 1DS. Maybe one day....
It's a vital feature; I don't particularly want my expensive wide-angle lenses reduced to those of a £100 compact. And as any pro will tell you, the 100% viewfinder is invaluable for accurate composition that makes the most of a relatively small film plane.
A friend of mine who is an even keener amateur than me has a medium-format system; I was talking to him the other day about the latest Mamiya digital med-format camera - its price has six figures, and that's before the decimal point! Needless to say, he won't be re-mortgaging just yet.
I always used their printing paper and Monochrome films.
I still have an Agfa Super Silette from the 1950's which still works, although it doesn't see much use these days, but it was a trusty camera in its day. Won me prizes, and saw me through 2 East African safaris whilst on my National Service. (We could hire long wheel base Land Rovers for recreational use at 2/6d a day)
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