Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Nikon Sounds Death Knell for 35mm Film Cameras

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 will go down in analog photography history as the day film photography officially died.

Nikon announced today that it will cease production of nearly all of its 35mm film camera and most of its manual focus lenses. The company plans to continue manufacturing its flagship autofocus F6 and manual focus FM10 cameras. It also will continue producing the following manual focus lenses: Nikkor 20mm f/2.8; Nikkor 24mm f/2.8; Nikkor 28mm f/2.8; Nikkor 35mm f/1.4; Nikkor 50mm f/1.2; Nikkor 50mm f/1.4; Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8; Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 and the PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D.

Nikon also said it will discontinue manufacturing all of its large format and enlarging lenses.

The company announced the devastating news this way:

With film cameras accounting for an ever smaller percentage of Nikon's total sales volume, the company has decided to concentrate its vast resources toward those business categories that continue to demonstrate the strongest growth. Consequently, as Nikon focuses more on the digital camera business, the company must adopt appropriate measures to ensure its continued success. With that, the Nikon film camera lineup will be reshaped, allowing more of Nikon's planning, engineering and manufacturing resources to be focused on the digital products that now drive our thriving industry.

The company said it will continue selling its inventory of film cameras and lenses until its stocks are depleted. Nikon will continue to offer support and repairs on these cameras and lenses for 10 years from the item's last sale date.

Well, we can always keep checking those eBay auctions for some great deals on the F5s, F4s and FM3As. Or we can shell out big bucks for the upcoming Zeiss Nikon F-mount manual focus lenses.

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