Nikon is discontinuing most of its film camera line

Paris steps leading to the SeineI’m a Nikon photographer. I wasn’t always, I first started with a Canon AE-1. Unfortunately, that camera was stolen with my car and I had to decide what to replace it with. For me, the Nikon’s selling point was the interchangability of its lenses and cameras. I knew that my new camera could work with a 30 year old lens. This modularity was quite the selling point.

Over the years I’ve purchased several Nikon cameras and lenses and have been quite happy. I even purchased the digital D70, but returned it. I’m a film person at this point. I won’t buy a digital SLR until Nikon releases an affordable digital SLR with a sensor the same size as 35mm film. Lens’ characteristics are directly proportional to the size of the film plane. That is why your wide angle lens no longer seems like a wide angle when you put it on your new Digital SLR.

But the world of photography is changing. People are shooting less film and opting for their digital cameras more often. Pretty soon, film camera photographers will be scouting film and relishing their uniqueness like a vinyl-lovin music collector brags about the latest indie 10″.

Nikon calling it quits

Not completely. Nikon has announced they will discontinue all but their top and bottom of line film cameras and all but their most classic film camera based lenses. Digital cameras are now 95% of their business and they don’t need these other things in the way.

As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced features and extra value is continuing to grow. High performance digital SLR cameras are performing well as users shift from film-based SLR cameras or upgrade from compact digital cameras to digital SLR cameras.

As a result of the new strategy Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories. Although Nikon anticipates that the products will still be in retail distribution up to Summer 2006.

Nikon press release

If you are in the market for a film camera, buy it now. They promise tehir service will continue . This makes me want to treat my cameras with kid gloves now that they are no longer a permanent fixture.

Konica-Minolta has also announced they are quitting the entire photography world and selling their remaining digital goodies to Sony.  Fuji says they are continuing to make film.  Long live Velvia!