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From robertwallis/Robert (12,897)
on April 8, 2012 1:48:39 AM CDT
I found this on the Freestyle Photo Supply web page last night;
KODAK DISCONTINUES SLIDE FILM
Effective immediately, Kodak has announced they have ceased production of their Ektachrome and Elite Chrome lines of film. They are selling their remaining stock at a higher price and Freestyle was forced to match their price increase. We will continue to supply these films as long as possible, but recommend stocking up while you can.
The notice is a month old now, but I guess it was such a foregone conclusion that it was coming, it didn't make the news. I thought it was a bigger thing than the end of Kodachrome. It's a telling point on this that I bought a 100 foot roll of Fuji copy slide film back about 6-8 years ago to make duplicate slides for entering art festival judging. I spooled off enough to make a couple of 36 exposure rolls, used that up, and the industry moved to electronic submittal of images. The remainding 90 feet of the film is still sitting in the back corner of my deep freeze at -5F.
I used to use a lot of the Ektachrome 160T and occasionally the 50T tungsten balanced films for studio work under hot lights. I always liked the crisp look of the colors and D-range of the films. I guess I had better get some slide film before it's gone. On a side note, several pundits are suggesting that Tri-X will be the last film standing. I used to buy Ilford Pan-F and Tri-X in 100 fot rolls and spool it off myself as that kept the price down to about 1/3 retail.
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