The votes are in. Color film will be discontinued between 2016 and 2020 – at least that is the prediction of this blog. Of course there were a range of predictions. Some people felt that color film would remain forever; others felt that it would be discontinued next year. Personally, I think the expectation that color film will always be available is unrealistic. Color film is a complex product requiring many difficult chemical components and a capital intensive coating process. It is unlikely that a few die-hards will be able to support the required production facilities.
All is not lost though, black and white film requires only a few simple components and is relatively easy to produce. When color film goes away, film photography will return to its black and white beginning. What is old will then become new and the cycle will continue.