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    Return of Kodachrome?

    heard a wild rumor: Kodak will reintroduce Kodachrome!
    No info on when or any specs on film sizes ISO etc . . .or who will process it.


    Is this true or just someone CHASING UNICORN IN THE MIST?
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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    His name is Paul Simon.

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    Is this true or just someone CHASING UNICORN IN THE MIST?
    It can't possibly be true. Just the environmental impacts alone would stop it. Not to mention that no one has the equipment to process it any more. And... who really wants it? That was the main problem in the end, and the main reason they quit making it and people quit processing it. Not enough volume to keep the product on the active list.

    So, I vote for someone is chasing unicorns. Again.

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    I think the Kodachrome rumor was an off the cuff remark made in January by the Kodak employee who announced the Ektachrome revival, which was later walked back by his superior. There was also some talk of Kodak calling the new Ektachome Kodachome to play off the trade name, but it would still be an E-6 film.

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    As I remember when Kodachrome ended, Kodak said that the last run of film used the last of the dye stocks. And the process and materials to make the dyes are now gone.

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    The Kodachrome process is enormously complicated, and by design must run at large volumes to stay in control. Kodak's labs would have a chemical engineer on staff to keep things running. The machinery is complex and thus would be very expensive to rebuild.
    E-6 by comparison is far simpler, of course. Although Kodak is making a profit on film nowadays, and is planning to re-introduce Ektachrome, I can't imagine any way they could possibly make a profit on Kodachrome.
    In the long-gone golden era, Kodak made many unprofitable films to fill a market niche, supported by the vast profits from consumer photography. But like the clipper ship and the steam locomotive, those days aren't coming back.
    See my friend Bob Shanebrook's fine book, "Making Kodak Film" at makingkodakfilm.com.
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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    Kodak has introduced a new magazine, confusingly named Kodachrome:

    http://store.kodak.com/store/kodak/e...tID.5114031100

    So they have introduced Kodachrome, but not the film.

    Ed

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    Yes, I think it just the magazine, but one can hope...

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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    Kodachrome is a very powerful brand. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see Kodak make a E6 or C41 film and call it Kodachrome. Somehow they need to take advantage of the brand and try to license the name for consumer goods. For goodness sake, there's been a song about it, a national monument named after it. Kodak has Ektar mobile phones. What's next?
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    Re: Return of Kodachrome?

    I think Drew's account has beeen hacked by a troll.

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