Nikon out of the film game

I’m a Nikon user, have been for years, both film and digital. In the last 18 months however its been strictly digital, man how I love my D70. Nikon has just broken the news that it is to concentrate its efforts on the digital market.

“Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories,” it said in a statement on its British website.

It will keep on a few of the higher end professional film cameras such as the F6. Nikon are currently the second largest producer of dSLR cameras (behind Canon) but my devotion remains with them. 95% of their sales last year was in the digital market (where cameras are concerned anyway) and I can understand why. Built to last, drive them into the ground, superb picture quality and processing. Sign of the times when one of the biggest camera manufacturers turns its back on film. Beginning of the ultimate end of film cameras?


  1. John January 13, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Thats great news. With Nikon concentrating their efforts on the Digital format, perhaps we’ll see the industry further the development the technology even faster now. I’m sticking with my Canon for now though:D

  2. Ken January 13, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Ah yeah… you and your canon. 350D is a solid performer as well. If I had the money I’d prob stick a few euro on some additional digital gear for the Nikon. My new backpack is a great help (to anyone reading, I would seriously advise it – Lowepro bags rock), but some more digital specific lenses might come in handy. Interested to see how Nikon progress from here.

  3. John January 13, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    I need to expand my lense collection too. As soon as I expand my wallet a bit.
    Dont be afraid of some good old lenses either though. My 30 year old super takumar 50mm/f2.8 has given me some great results on the 350D.

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