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.