Interesting article on the end of Kodachrome

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  1. BasilFawlty

    BasilFawlty No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I found it interesting that a little shop in Kansas was the last place in the world you could get Kodachrome film processed and that people from all over the world rushed to get their film processed on that last day.

    Kodachrome Taken Away

    The end of an era.



     
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    I get my film developed there... Not Kodachrome, but I do send out film to their lab and they send back my negs, CDs, and prints on photo paper done in chemistry.

    I got a T shirt.

    edit - Where have you been the last few years??! lol Yeah, you must just be getting back into photography.
     
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    Old sad news. I got a T shirt as well. I still send my E-6 there unless I cross process in C-41.
     
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    An old news item, for sure. Still kind of sad
     
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    BasilFawlty No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well, I've still been into photography bt somehow I just lost track of this forum after I joined and just discovered it again by accident. Didn't even realize I had already joined years ago.
     
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    Yeah.....and now i am a week late to an old story. :)
    I was always more of an Ektachrome guys, but i DID enjoy many a slide show that was shot with the vibrant Kodachrome.
     
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    I love watching peoples jaws drop when I tell them I still shoot Kodachrome....... and soup it at home.


    Then I tell them I use caffenol.



    After a while, they figure out I'm using it for what it really is: b&w film.
     
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    For those that do not understand Sparkys comment above, Kodachrome had the color introduced in the processing stage, which is why developing Kodachrome was always such a big deal. Unlike Ektachrome and other E6 process films, Kodachrome required expensive sophisticated developing machinery; no it was not possible to develop a couple rolls of Kodachrome in the bathroom with a kit or by using simple processing, Unless of course one was happy with black-and-white images.
     
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    That is a good point.
    A lot of photographers made the mistake, which was rather intuitive and made sense, that Kodachrome was a PITA to coat.
    As you say, it was not. It was a very easy film to coat, and a Very Difficult film to develop.
    These days, as far as i know, it is expensive to have Any slide film developed and mounted.
    About 3 years ago, i inherited a BUNCH of Film/Darkroom stuff.
    In that was a editing set up for 8mm movie and 100 slide mounts for 35mm.
    I still curse myself for not offering the mounts for cost of shipping. I tossed them in the trash. :( :( :(
     
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    Yet every blue moon, someone has this idea they're going to resurrect Kodachrome by thinking it is as simple as E-6 or D76 processes. Yeah, I'd love to see it come back (I have about 6 dozen 36x rolls in my freezer), but I don't think I'll ever see it in my lifetime.
     
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    My father was a NY Native, and after WWII he came home and shot a BUNCH of photos of Coney Isl, and the Queen Mary in Port.
    I looked at those photos about 10 years ago and they looked like fresh digital prints of today!

    He also had photos of the Battery long before WTC was built.
    Looking at near true color rendition from 45+ years previous is a joy.
     
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    A side note:

    On May 6th of '37, my father was at home and heard the Hindenburg coming overhead on its way to NJ.
    He told me that when he heard it he ran inside to my grandfather to see if he could snap a picture of it as it flew overhead.
    My grandfathers response was epic:

    "I don't have it ready.
    You can get a picture the next time it comes overhead. "
     

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