Kodak makes me sad. It’s sad that this once-grand company couldn’t adjust to the times well enough.
Sad that, though they recognized the emergence of digital photography and even worked on sensor technology for a long time, couldn’t become the leader in digital like they did in film.
Sad that they couldn’t recognize the lesser demand (though demand is still there) for film and appropriately scale down production while still making all their best products (including Kodachrome). Instead of scaling down, they stop: witness today’s news about them ceasing the production of acetone film, which is used in the production of most of their 35mm films (for cameras - most of their motion picture film stock is made from other stuff).
Sad that the company got so huge that any idea of scaling down and remaining profitable either wasn’t possible, or just wasn’t conceivable by their board.
Sad that, in a few years, the company will be like Polaroid: not a company by any means that invents things and makes products, but just a brand name owned by a shell company, with its brand name slapped onto DVD players and made in China toy cameras.
Sad that, one day, Tri-X won’t exist any longer.