After a few months of doing pretty extensive research and weighing all of my options, I think I'm pretty close to pulling the trigger on buying a S16 camera package. However, in one last thought of hesitation (which I'm sure will pass) before I throw down some money for a camera package and lens, I can't help but think about the future of 16mm, and specifically the long-term availability of 16mm film and processing.
I'm sure this topic has been discussed here and elsewhere previously, but I'm curious about others' thoughts on the longevity of the 16mm format and availability of film stock and processing services. Certainly, the mere existence of a message board like this proves that there's definitely still an active interest in the format, but I'd be interested to know if anyone else shares my concerns. On one hand, things like the closure of more and more film labs and Fuji's discontinuation of motion picture film last year definitely seems foreboding. On the other hand, even with its financial difficulties, Kodak still seems to emphasize its commitment to film, there are still a good number of features shot on 35mm, and NFL Films remains committed to shooting S16 and letting the film "run like water".
As I'm really more interested of the 16mm format specifically, what are the odds that at some point Kodak would continue producing 35mm but discontinuing 16mm? I could see the mainstream motion picture industry continuing to provide sufficient demand for 35mm, but I'd be interested to know how big of a hit digital video has taken on the 16mm market.
As for the longevity of S16 lenses, are most S16 PL mount zoom lenses also capable of working with and providing full focal length coverage on 2K digital cameras?
Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I'm sure this topic has been discussed many times before, but the closer I get to sealing the deal on a camera purchase, the more I start thinking about things like this!