Kodachrome and similar films

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  1. Freelancephotog25

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    I know that kodachrome is long since discontinued. However does any one know of a 35 mm film that has similar vivid and beautiful colors. Or one that is particularly good for taking landscapes of changing leaves? Thanks!
     
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    Fujichrome Velvia would be a good choice. It is available in both ISO 50 & ISO 100.
     
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    Are you set on chromes or would print films do?
     
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    Velvia was the 1-2 punch that killed Kodachrome.

    I have a roll of KR64 in my Nikkormat FTN as we speak. You can still get it on fleabay and get it processed until the end of the year at Dwayne's Photo in Kansas.
     
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    Ah the good ol' days- I have Kodachrome 25 slides that you can blow up to the size of a house and not see any grain.
     
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    Im not set on slide film, Print film that offers stunning colors would also be great. Thanks everyone. Does anyone else know of any other companies that can process slide film?
     
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    For vivid print film there is Kodak Ektar -- the more you overexpose it (within
    reason), the more saturated the colors.

    There is also Kodak Portra 160VC (vc = vivid color)
     
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    Yes you can find it on eBay, if you don't mind the price....:mrgreen:

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    I was under the impression KodaChrome was completely discontinued years ago. Is this just stockpiled film people are selling. If so how can one be certain its ben stored adequately to prevent degradation? Seems like a crap shoot to me.
     
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    I bought eight rolls (not the pro) over a year ago from B&H. I have four left. Expiration is this month. (I've kept them in the fridge.)
     
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    Right but that film is completely discontinued correct? I refrigerate all my film and I have heard good things about shelf lifes when doing so but I have heard its hit and miss. Sometimes the film may keep for years other times it could go bad in months. I am kind of a newb when it comes to film so I guess i am just trying to establish accurate knowledge and not just go by me previously conceived notions.
     
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    I think that shelf life per se is pretty consistent. The inconsistencies arise from circumstances beyond the control of the user. For instance, in the summer months, a roll of film might suffer from exposure to heat while in transit at some point in the distribution chain.

    You are correct that Kodak no longer produces the film. I believe that the final run was sometime last year.

    Here is my favorite example of Kodachrome's archival properties. This photo of my sister was taken when she was two. She recently turned 61, and aside from her clothing and the milkman's box, it looks as though it might have been shot last week.

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