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Author Topic: Kodak to retire Kodachrome Film after 74 years.  (Read 2070 times)
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« on: June 22, 2009, 08:34 PM »

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090622/ap_on_re_us/us_kodachrome_s_demise

You knew it was coming with this digital world we live in.  I would love to have a dime for every roll I developed over 30 years...lol

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009, 09:06 PM »

Film is like disco, I know its still around, I just can't understand why.
I sure don't miss bulk loaders or the hours in the dark room.


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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 10:47 PM »

Good lord whats my uncle gonna do with all his film cameras.
Ya'll still got a few of ur film bodies laying around?
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 05:56 AM »

im going to go pick up a few rolls today.  I think I have shot some in the past.  Great color!
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 09:29 AM »

FYI,

It's only Kodachrome being discontinued, there will still be other 35mm formats still available (for now at least) print (C41) and other E6 films i.e. 'slide films'...

The thing with Kodachrome is it has a dedicated process, exclusive to Kodak, so Stack, if your going to pick it up, shoot it quick, and get it off to them fast Wink Or you can pick up a roll of Fuji Velvia (50 or 100 iso) and take your time about it, it's a top film and the E6 process will be around for a while longer I'd guess.
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2009, 09:50 AM »

All things must come to an end.

Kodachrome is one of those old technologies that should have been supplanted years ago but couldn't be topped. It's extremely sharp and extremely stable because it is actually black & white film. It's has a three layer silver halide emulsion which does not have the color components built in like other negative and positive color film. This makes for a thinner emulsion and tighter grain. It also makes for an ungodly complicated and finicky chemical process. There have never been more than a few Kodachrome labs in the country at any given time.

E6 film got better and better and by end of the '80s there was finally real competition for Kodachrome from Fuji. While the top E6 films were excellent, Kodachrome still had a unique look. It's color pallete, tonbal range and detail were just different from anything. And AFAIK it still is the most stable color emulsion.

God, how much money did I spend of Kodachrome and processing...

It was worth it.   Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009, 09:40 PM »

well, im going to pick up processing tomorrow.  I will see if they have any.  Now, I wonder how much the processing will be.
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009, 01:01 AM »

As I understand it there has only been one lab processing Kodachrome for a while here in the States. Kodachrome had declined to 1% of Kodaks film sales. Or what 0.25% of total film sales? Sad, but I think its time was done.  Digital surpassed 35mm films resolution a few years back. Polaroid film became extinct last year too and there were some nice versions of it.

Hey I used to enjoy the time in the darkroom, loading the film cans was especially a challenge in complete and total darkness, sort of cozy, and I miss the smells too.

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