Film isn’t dead.
But when one of the biggest camera companies in the world says goodbye to their last film camera, well, it makes film seem a little more like your grouchy old great-grandmother who isn’t dead, but man, she is getting close, and she’d probably be a lot happier if she just went (god knows the rest of us would).
Film isn’t there yet (it can be better equated to a young, hip grandma who still has a lot to offer) but the news of Canon officially discontinuing the EOS-1v, does mark the end of an era, no matter how you look at it. The company has been selling film cameras since the 1930, for cripes’ sake.
Despite what seems like big news (depressing at the very least), Canon was subtle about the whole thing, the official announcement being made, very casually, on the Canon Japan website. “Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Canon products,” the Google Translation revealed to us. “By the way, we are finally decided to end sales for the film single lens reflex camera “EOS – 1v [sic].”
The professional 35mm SLR camera was released in 2000, with a design similar to the modern generations of Canon DSLRs. The camera continued its run until 2010, when the company officially actually stopped making the camera (during which time some writer online no doubt wrote a paragraph exactly the same as mine comparing film to grandmothers). Despite this, over the last eight years, they continued to sell the SLR from remaining inventory. So this announcement apparently means that the stock has finally run out.
But don’t worry, Canon isn’t completely done with the camera. They also stated that repairs will be available until October 31, 2025, though repair requests may be denied after October 31st, 2020, depending on the inventory of remaining parts.
If you are still jonesing for a film camera despite the news, you can always try Nikon. Yeah, I said it.