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June 22, 2009

The end of an era: goodbye to Kodachrome film

Filed under: Nostalgia — David Jenkins @ 6:53 pm

In the face of the onslaught of digital photography, Kodak have stopped manufacturing  Kodachrome film.

A Tribute to KODACHROME: A Photography Icon

They say all good things in life come to an end. Today we announced that Kodak will retire KODACHROME Film, concluding its 74-year run.

It was a difficult decision, given its rich history. At the end of the day, photographers have told us and showed us they’ve moved on to newer other Kodak films and/or digital. KODACHROME Film currently represents a fraction of one percent of our film sales. We at Kodak want to celebrate with you the rich history of this storied film. Feel free to share with us your fondest memories of Kodachrome.

There will be some, no doubt, that will insist that film is better than digital in much the same way that vinyl is better than 16 bit CDs or tubes are better than transistors – actually for high quality audio, tubes are better than transistors.

But when you get down to it, it doesn’t get much better than this, taken on Kodachrome:

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  1. Members of National Geographic should always remember that picture. I freelanced in the 60’s and my editors specified Kodachrome. There was even a song but nobody ever sang about Agfa, Ilford and Fuji. I never did get a Nikon, had to settle for Pentaxes and a Bronica.

    Comment by Steve L. — June 23, 2009 @ 10:13 am

  2. Steve L.,
    I still miss Agfa 160 Portrait.
    I have my original Contax 139 in service today, which I bought at Burlington Camera in 1977. Will digital cameras ever be that durable? I think not.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — June 25, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

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