Back in December, Cosina announced they discontinued Zeiss Ikon camera bodies.
Now it is Hasselbad to announce the discontinuation of the V System after over 50 years, having manufactured the last 503CW body.
This was bound to happen. The question remain: if no more film camera is being made, will the used market be enough to supply the demand?
Popphoto has an article about 12 film cameras worth buying right now.
The tragedy in Japan has made the current DSLR market a scary place, making this a perfect opportunity to get (back) into film.
Their list (in alphabetical order):
- Bronica SQ/SQ-A
- Canon EOS 1N
- Canon AE-1
- Fujifilm GA645
- Hasselblad 500c/500cm
- Leica R-series
- Mamiya 645 Pro
- Nikon FM10
- Nikon N80
- Pentax 67
- Pentax K1000
- Ricoh GR-1
It seems to cover all the bases from medium format, compact to reusing lenses from your DSLR. But the most awkward in the list is the FM10 as I think they should have recommended an older model instead, one solidly built. Also notably absent are TLR or 35mm rangefinders like a Bessa.
What is interesting to see is that Ricoh is still in the same line of products with their Ricoh GR-Digital: highly praised compact camera.