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  1. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    This is the third article I've seen in 3 weeks that speculates the end of Kodachrome in the very near future. I don't know if someone actually knows something, or if it's just internet rumor. People seem to think that there will be no more production runs of K-14 at Kodak, and when what's on the market runs out that will be it.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/biztech/09/22/kodakchrome.fading.ap/index.html
     
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    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It has such a small customer base just does not make good business sense to keep making in an ever-shrinking film market. With only one lab the turn around time is just to long for most people in the world. No working pro or P&Ser can wait that long.
     
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    I say yes. The end's near, not that I'm happy about it.
     
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    Could just be Kodak trying to boost sales... Everybody quick stock up before it's gone!!!!!
     
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    In recent past, their "style" seems to have been to deny rumors of anything's demise until the cease-production date is official, and then they make their regretful announcements. ;)

    But who knows for sure when it comes to Kodak? I've seen these articles as well, and heard the rumors...and then, all of a sudden they are promoting this new film. Totally different from Kodachrome, of course (color negative film), but it's a head-scratcher to see them rolling out any new film. It looks pretty sweet, too, I must admit!

    The passing of Kodachrome would be met with the same wails of regret and nostaligia as Polaroid instant films. Here's hoping it's still a long ways off.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    "Every time I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it." -Paul Strand (1890-1976)

    Kodachrome has had a long run. When I worked in a full service (C41, E6, and BW, all formats) lab/camera store in the 90s I was told several times by different Kodak reps that Kodak would have already discontinued Kodachrome if it weren't for the bad PR they were afraid of. When Kodak stopped offering K-14 processing it was the beginning of the end. The lab I worked at would take Kodachrome in, and mail it out for processing, but the quality and service became so erratic we stopped dealing with Kodachrome at all.
     

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