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Old 07-29-2009, 06:28 PM   #1
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Kodachrome discontinued and now 100GX

I haven't been here for a while, but as this is a site with folks with the most kind of hearts I cam back today to see what the dudes and dudettes are up.

I'm kind of bumming that the film photo lovers haven't posted a thread about the discontinuance of KR64.

Without a doubt, Kodachrome has been my most favorite slide film of all time, it really is a beauty. I see the world in Kodachome.

It is still available, but there will not be another manufacturing run and processing will not be available after 2010.

Grab a roll, shoot it and look at a 74 year history that comes alive. You won't get another chance.

100GX has also been discontinued. A fine E6 that has always done well with what I like to photograph.

I attached a photo shot on KR64 with a mechanical rangefinder, 135mm lens at f2.8.

Celebrate and say goodbye to an old friend.

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So mama don't take my Kodachrome away...
I shot chrome in Leica M-series bodies for years... it's truly the end of an era!

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After discovering that K64 was still available, I bought some....I hadn't even finished shooting it all before the news came out that it was to be discontinued! Now, I am trying out some Kodak 100VS. Any thoughts about this film?

Even though I shoot mainly digital, I am sure going to miss K64....
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Now, I am trying out some Kodak 100VS. Any thoughts about this film?
Sorry, I haven't shot a roll of color film in years... I'm all digital too.

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I remember my father ALWAYS shooting with Kodachrome. He tried Ektachrome but immediately went back. You can see some of them at: Roger's Airstream History
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I remember my father ALWAYS shooting with Kodachrome. He tried Ektachrome but immediately went back. You can see some of them at: Roger's Airstream History
Thanks so much, Roger, for posting the above link to your family photos of your Airstream adventures! I thoroughly enjoyed them. I have been to many of those same places (tent camping) during the mid-1970's, and I remember them looking just like your photos. For instance, I recall the Banff Campground with the street lights....
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Sorry, I haven't shot a roll of color film in years... I'm all digital too.
Roger, I hadn't shot any film either....the recent acquisition of a Nikon F2 Photomic (purchased from my neighbor who decided to go digital) got me back into film....but, not to the extent that I used to shoot it. I had been away from film for so long, I was LOST when I went in to buy a few rolls!
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Roger, those slides are just super. Thanks for sharing these.

I'm a Kodachrome fan myself, just got 7 rolls back from Dwayne's. I too shoot it with a Leica rangefinder. Everytime I shoot it and get it back, project it on the screen, I wonder how digital ever got a foothold.
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I have numerous carousels of Kodachrome slides. Even though I have nice digital equipment (Canon 5D), when projected the Kodachrome slides are the nicest looking pictures I have taken.

The latest digital SLRs appear to have as much or more resolution and dynamic range as Kodachrome, the limitation is the computer monitor or projector, both in dynamic range, and in resolution. Hang on to your digital files, someday there will be superior projectors and monitors. Whether or not the projections will be as satisfying as old slide film, that remains to be seen.

And thanks for posting the family pictures. I too enjoyed them.
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I am glad everyone enjoyed the slides, I enjoyed being in them. (I was normally the short one)

There are always other similar arguments. Vinyl (analog) vs CD (digital). Tubes (warmer?) vs solid-state. All part of the march of technology.

I do love that you can take sooo many digital shots you have a much better chance of a good shot. Conversely this makes you less selective of what you take a shot of. When you had 'limited' resources and couldn't just burn through the film.

I am glad that I have lived in both 'eras'.
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Hi, I gave up on film cameras years ago. Trying to get good shots, waiting for the roll to come to the end, and disappointed when the processor screwed up my negatives. So my lovely Konica T-3 SLR, all of my lenses, and the rest of my 35 mm collection got packed away. I have a few non-working film cameras on display in my house just for kicks. I like the fact that I can shoot, delete, modify and print my own pictures if I want to.

We recently purchased a new turn table to pay our old vinyl on. Sounds better than we expected.

The young people have no idea what we are talking about.
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Kind of said, like an era ending. I shot a lot of 64 over the years, like many others, it was my favorite. I think it was more fun shooting with film cameras, I really liked my old Canon FTBn. That said, while I don't feel the same "warmth" (whatever that is) towards my digital cameras, I love the ability to shoot all I want and not have to worry about processing fees etc. However, I think I tend to spend less time on a shot as it is so easy to shot another and another etc. etc., I think that makes me a bit lazy and takes a bit of the fun out of it. I am glad that the DSLRs are becoming more affordable though.
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There are always other similar arguments. Vinyl (analog) vs CD (digital). Tubes (warmer?) vs solid-state. All part of the march of technology.

I am glad that I have lived in both 'eras'.
I am also glad to have lived in both eras.... We still have vinyl (which is making a comeback....), and my husband has a small business repairing tube gear, both old and new. Time will only tell if film will rebound....
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Yes, all the great old films are going the way of the Dodo. I just got the old dark room cranked up to teach a youngster about film. This will probably be the last film he will ever shoot. Everything has gone digital. It looks good, but it's not film. There is no personality to digital.
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