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Wow! Such a bummer. But is it progress really, sometimes I wonder. I still have my Ebony, but must say I don't use it much these days. I suppose we are all to blame for the "progress".While Ebony wasn't that old of a company, they filled a niche with high quality and modern functioning cameras. It's too bad that they are going, but that is part of the price we all pay for "progress".
I agree completely that digital was the prime enemy. But with cheaper film available many more would have continued to use that medium. It's sad that so many professionals and amateurs decided that digital is the way to produce the images. However, LF film would stand up very well against the digital backs resolutionwise but very few can accept the cost per image with LF film.Hmm, I don't know, my perspective is digital killed film. Supply and demand, once demand plummeted and it did, the producers had no choice but to raise prices due to the economy of scale.
FWIW, I've also been making a living at this for over 30 years. If I brought up the notion of shooting film to any of my clients they would laugh me out of the room. I don't know anyone who has the time, patience or budget for drum scans and film processing. We use to have 3 photo labs in this town, there are none within the state now and its been this way for what has to be some 10 years. So shoot film, send to out of state lab, get results back in a week or so, then send off for drum scans and hope they did a decent job. Its an untenable situation in the 21st century. If that isn't enough many of my clients are in the outdoor recreation industry using synthetic materials with synthetic dyes. I have seen jade green pack cloth turn sky blue no matter what the light source is and no matter the film and we tried every single type of film at the time to in order to correct this. By comparison I can correct it within minutes in PS, if that.A good number of us full time pros not only still use film but in my case, use more than ever. I just did two magazine shoots using large format in the past month and have another lined up at the end of this month. I think price of film is pretty much spot on if not a little low for the times we are in and considering inflation.
Ebony is closing up shop because the owner / founder wants to retire and does not want the same thing to happen to his company's brand as did Deardorff, better to retire the brand on a good note ratter than watch it flop under new ownership. The brand has also seen more pressure from other excellent brands like Chamonix which is currently my 4x5 system of choice and simply an amazing value.
Then you have brilliant 25 year old engineering visionaries like Alessandro Gibellini that unlike the old brands, is taking LF into the 21st century in style. I am having him build me a custom camera and it will be fantastic.
Life is too short to not fully enjoy your hobby / career behind the camera...and it is sure as heck is too short to just settle for digital.
Jack,The 45SU non-folder was one of my personal favorites -- loved that cam. I often think I'll get back into film and fondly remember using the view cam. But with no labs nearby it would mean building a darkroom and buying a drum scanner... And I really don't have the inclination to do either -- and then the actual thought and memories of wet scanning pretty much kills off the nostalgic buzz :ROTFL: