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Kodak to retire Kodachrome film

updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon June 22, 2009

Kodak Ends Kodachrome

Kodak this morning said it would soon phase out its longstanding Kodachrome film, putting an end to a significant era of film photography. The company says it plans to end the 74-year production as sales of the classic film now make up less than one percent of its film camera business, which itself is in the minority at Kodak. About 70 percent of the company's income is from digital photography.

The company also notes that Kodachrome is difficult to develop and is limited to just one photo lab, Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas; newer films like Professional Ektachrome or Ektar are typically much easier to handle while still producing strong image quality.

Kodak expects to run out of Kodachrome supplies sometime in early fall but says that Dwayne's will continue to develop rolls of film through 2010.



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  1. Geordiekeith

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    Joined: Aug 2003

    +1

    25 and 64

    Goodbye old friend - Kodachrome slides from 25 and 64 film in cardboard mounts still look fantastic decades later, even though I don't have a slide projector any more.

    But what has this to do with MaCNN??

  1. jvputten

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    fan website

    I never appreciated the quality of this film until I visited the historical photography website shorpy.com. I can lose a couple hours looking through that site...

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +4

    End of an Era

    I used Kodachrome and Ektachrome for years, but Kodachrome 100 and 200 was my favorite. I loved the richness of color!

    I still have my old Nikon FM2 and Nikon lenses, but haven't used them since... well, I can't remember when.

    As jreades said, shooting digital improved my eye tremendously with instant feedback and allowing me to adjust for conditions on-the-fly. No more waiting days or weeks to finish a roll to see results.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002

    +1

    Sad times

    I've been doing photography since 1966 and operated a portrait studio for 16.5 years.

    I never used much Kodachrome, but it's still sad to see it go. I'd heard there was only one place in the US that could process it any more.

  1. jpellino

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    sigh.

    We're stuck with Ektachrome now? It was bad enough when KII and KX went (I stockpiled about 2 year's worth kept cold) in the 70s, now this. The current films are still lagging behind Velvia in some regards, but with them off the market, Fuji won't have any big player chasing them. Yes, I still have my 33mm equipment as well as digital equipment and yes, there are still some prints, colors, tones etc. you will never been able to reproduce in digital. I'm not a luddite, but there's no reason it has to be one or the other. Both still have their place.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +1

    someone had to say it

    They give us those nice bright colors
    They give us the greens of summers
    Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
    I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph
    So mama don't take my Kodachrome away
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

    Mama don't take my Kodachrome
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    +1

    someone had to say it

    They give us those nice bright colors
    They give us the greens of summers
    Makes you think all the world's a sunny day
    I got a Nikon camera
    I love to take a photograph
    So mama don't take my Kodachrome away
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

    Mama don't take my Kodachrome
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome
    Mama don't take my Kodachrome away

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Joined: Jul 2007

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    zoinks

    yowza

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