The beginning of the end for Nikons with film

I had pretty much accepted that it would come sometime in my lifetime, but Nikon UK, today has announced that it's starting the phase out of their film bodies. Holy Shit. < As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact < digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced < features and extra value is continuing to grow. High performance < digital SLR cameras are performing well as users shift from < film-based SLR cameras or upgrade from compact digital cameras to < digital SLR cameras. As a result of the new strategy Nikon will < discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and < enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as < they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera < bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related < accessories. Although Nikon anticipates that the products will < still be in retail distribution up to Summer 2006. In recognition < of Nikon’s commitment to professional photographers we will < continue to manufacturer and sell the F6, our flagship film model, < as well as a number of manual interchangeable lenses. Sales of the < manual FM10 will also continue outside Europe.