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Old 08-12-2013, 07:38 AM   #1
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Kodachrome anyone??

I was reading the on-line New York Times this morning and ran across this article: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...and-memory/?hp

I was a die-hard Kodachrome user and am still shooting slide film exclusively, with over 14,000 slides in the basement. Have switched to Fuji Velvia but still pine for Kodachrome. Don't know how much longer I can hold out on the switch to digital but will keep going as long as possible.

When our children visit a high light is always a slide show. We just let them pick out carousels at random and then we settle in for a journey down memory lane. It's a guaranteed good time.

So, my preamble over, the question is: any former Kodachrome users out there, or ANY film users left??

Curious minds want to know!!

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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Sure - sometimes film, but more recently more digital. Gave up on Kodachrome a long time ago, when my 'stash' ran out, and switched to Velvia - 50 for landscapes and deep color saturation, despite the color shifts, 100 for skin tone rendition. Ken Rockwell discusses some of this here: Fuji Velvia 50 ... but you've gotta' take what he says with a grain of salt at all times. But I generally agree with him on this.

And yes, putting those big ol' slides up on the screen still has some magic to it, doesn't it? I've also got boxes of Kodachromes, Ektachromes, etc. in the basement. One day it'll flood, and that'll be the end of that. And one day there'll be that big magnetic pulse, and there'll go all the images I've got on hard drives too. Entropy at work.

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I have a Nikon N-55 you can buy that I bought right before I gave in to the digital photo world. I held out until I started selling things on the internet and found that people want pictures and they want them right now. In my opinion you just can't get a true to life shot of a sunset or sunrise if you don't have a camera with a good roll of film in it. Stand your ground, and pack a few rolls of film while doing it.
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I was always more of a print guy.

I am mourning Agfa Ultra 50 and Kodak Ektar 25. (Both in 35mm and 120)
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There is nothing like film... Period.


As I am forced to observe our grandkritters grow up on Facebook, I wonder, when the EMP devices go off, what will remain?

We cherish the few remaining pics from family after ravages of house fire, hurricanes, and psychosis, etc.

The beauty, depth and capture of the soul that film gives, can only be appreciated by a few of us.

From the cost standpoint I have to say digital rules. I have all family pics on a "chip", that includes my Dads baby book which I carefully scanned in then shared with my siblings.

As long as you can, shoot!
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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I think I read that even if you have any Kodachrome there is only one place in the world that still can process it, and I read that several years ago. I think it was in the mid west, like Iowa...

It was a lovely film, especially old Kodachrome 10 which is what I started with. But, both the world and I have moved on. I like my digital cameras now, and can process things all by myself (download) and make prints, color changes, corrections and so on. When I was doing color printing at home, I could make 4 prints in 5 hours using Cibachrome print process. If I wanted, now, I could make 4 prints in about 10 minutes on my digital printer. And the quality of the original image never changes with digital, like it does with most film over time.

*sings* Give me a Nikon Camera.... momma don't take my Kodachrome away...

But momma did.
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I was reading the on-line New York Times this morning and ran across this article: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...and-memory/?hp

I was a die-hard Kodachrome user and am still shooting slide film exclusively, with over 14,000 slides in the basement. Have switched to Fuji Velvia but still pine for Kodachrome. Don't know how much longer I can hold out on the switch to digital but will keep going as long as possible.

When our children visit a high light is always a slide show. We just let them pick out carousels at random and then we settle in for a journey down memory lane. It's a guaranteed good time.

So, my preamble over, the question is: any former Kodachrome users out there, or ANY film users left??

Curious minds want to know!!

John S.
I'm retired, but for forty plus years, I owned an advertising company both in Dallas, and Branson. My last client in Dallas was American Airlines. We designed the inflight.

After moving to Branson, foodservice; I worked for companies like Tyson, Jimmie Dean and Sara Lee to name a few.

Why do I dwell on the above? It gives a sense of just how much photography has been a MAJOR part of my professional life.

Yes, in its day, the various types of film were great.

BUTÖthe advances in digital are beyond fantastic. Problem with many is the reluctance to invest the time and effort to negotiate the learning curve necessary to do GREAT digital.

And believe me, there are examples posted everywhere.

Go to the URL listed in my signature. Look at my stuff if you want, but more important, you'll find a lot of really great stuff done by digital shooters.

Sure there's a plethora of mediocracy, there but the stuff that keeps showing up in competitions sponsored by the camera manufacturers, The National Park System, and many other similar organizations is beyond much of the capability of traditional film.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #8
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I think I read that even if you have any Kodachrome there is only one place in the world that still can process it, and I read that several years ago. I think it was in the mid west, like Iowa...
According to Wikipedia -"During its heyday, many Kodak and independent laboratories processed Kodachrome, but by 2010, one Kodak-certified facility remained: Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas.[15] On July 14, 2010, it was announced[16] that the last roll of Kodachrome manufactured had been developed by Dwayne's for photographer Steve McCurry on assignment for National Geographic."

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*sings* Give me a Nikon Camera.... momma don't take my Kodachrome away...

But momma did.
A couple of years ago, I sponsered a "Photo-of-the-Month" thread with this song as the subject - with some beautiful B&W photos posted.

But I too was a fan of Kodachrome...ahhh, the good ol' days!

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I loved using film and have had many great cameras. But I muyst say my Nikon Digital is a joy to use and the software for editing is terrific. We will always ride bikes, but cars are generally more useful.
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Trivia...I have no idea if true...

Who was the largest beef producer in the world?

I was told it was Kodak as they needed the hooves for the gelatin...
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I loved using film and have had many great cameras. But I muyst say my Nikon Digital is a joy to use and the software for editing is terrific.
I have to agree...I have a Nikon D60 and love it. One thing I do love about digital cameras is being able to take a lot more pics and not have to wory about the expense of developing "bad shots".

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I still have about twenty rolls of assorted film, HP5 and some Velvia, in the fridge but recently have been toying with the idea of selling it and my last remaining film camera on ebay.

Digital is so good these days that any quality comparison with 35mm film is pointless in my opinion - digital, when handled properly, will come out on top, especially in low and natural light situations. I've been shooting professionally for over twenty years now, working in advertising, so I've experienced the evolution of digital first-hand. If it's the film look that people are after even that can be matched.

Now, if we'd be talking large format photography, that's a whole 'nother cattle of fish of course.

One analogue camera I still use frequently, and am not ready to ditch, is my Polaroid. I love everything about those cameras.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #13
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I know I am swimming upstream and that the end is probably near, but I have so many emotional attachments to film that it will be a hard habit to break. I'm shooting a Leica M7 that I bought new a few years ago and just love the feel of it and, especially, the Leica glass which is special. The Leica is a manual focus range finder, to further cement my hide bound ways!!

I am thoroughly enjoying the comments, keep 'em coming!

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I use to process my own film and B&W and color prints. Digital is far better than film in many ways. Film does have a slight advantage in dynamic range but that edge is getting smaller and smaller as digital cameras have gotten better and better. I did like the Kodachrome slide film though.

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