It is interesting that the company perhaps the most closely associated with photography in the 20th Century, Kodak, is now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Not that no-one could see it coming, but it was still a bit of a shock when it finally did.
For me the biggest question is what will happen to it’s digital sensor division. Kodak sensors are used in most medium format digital cameras, and famously in the Leica M9. Kodak have announced that they are wanting to sell off their digital imaging patents for around $2 billion to fund their emergency restructuring loan from Citibank. I highly doubt that they will get anywhere near the money they are looking for as most of the world have managed to figure out how to produce this technology with minimal infringement on Kodak’s patents.
So what will happen to the M9? No idea, but hopefully it will give Leica an opportunity to put in a decent sensor, like the Sony sensor in the Nikon full frame digital cameras.
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