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Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by ezwriter, Oct 23, 2012.
Got one on ebay from like 1990? Anyone know the last one made? prob not printed anymore i assume...
And 2- How do you get all the Kodak pubs? Are they all just pdfs on their site now?
A few weeks ago I bought one from Amazon. It's a Kodak Darkroom Data Guide, 6th edition, dated 2001. Not sure if it's the last one published. Sadly, most of the films it lists are no longer made. Still a lot of good info though.
For the Kodak pubs I print out the ones that interest me and put them in a binder for reference in the darkroom.
I bought one off this Forum last year I think porinted around 2001. Most data these days is online in PDF form, it can be difficult navigating Kodaks website.
In practice I find many of the older Data-books far more interesting and useful and have a boxed set of 4 from the 1940's, they also vary depending on where they were published. There were products made in Europe that were not sold in the US market and slightly different approaches to developers. Films also differed slightly so there was data for Canadian, British and US versions of Tri-X which were made & coated at separate plants. Tri-X also used to be coated in Hungary as well just before WWII - don't believe Kodak's recent hype7 or 8 years ago about it being 50 yeras old, that was only in small formats.
Since there is interest I'll be posting a classified ad on APUG later today for my extra spiral bound Kodak Darkroom and Professional Data Guides.
I think my Dad bought all the guides Kodak put out. Of course that ended nearly 20 years ago, so no new ones since that. That, thought, is something Kodak did that none of the other companies did. You could access so much information. I miss that from Kodak.
The last new Darkroom Guide that I saw had a white cover if that is any help.
A stand-out publication is the Kodak Professional Photoguide. I have the 5th ed. (1995) in the spiral bound (and more expensive version). It has an incredible amount of information crammed into 56 pages (6 x 8-1/2), including a gray card. One of the most useful pages discusses stop-action shutter speeds with a formula and a detailed table that takes into account the subject's speed (with lots of typical subjects), distance from the camera and direction (angle) of subject motion.
I have a BLUE Illford Databook, a loose leaf binder with datasheets on all the Ilford products at that time. Even the CINE films. Mind you it may have been made up by the Canadian Distributor.
I have just about every Kodak Dataguide published. Some were released as late as 2002, but the more recent ones were not printed by EK. They outsourced them to Silver Pixel Press. Dataguides ranged from UV and IR photography for Forensic use to Photogravure. I have about 10 ring bound books full of Dataguides covering these and more such as Wratten Filters.
Many include How To books that show how to use lighting for best effect and how to take closeups or 3D photos. Very nice stuff.
It's worth pointing out that Kodak's Data books used to differ in some parts of the world.
Kodak Ltd's Data books (UK) differed from Eastman Kodak's mainly becuase some products made in the UK weren't sold in the US and vice-versa. Some formulae are in UK books abut not US as well.
I have a 1996 B&W Dataguide and a 1996 Color Dataguide. I also have many older ones.
If I remember correctly, all Kodak Black and White papers were discontinued in 2002. About half of the Black and White Darkroom Dataguide was information on papers and printing.
The 2002 B&W Dataguide contains a lot on B&W papers. The Kodak B&W papers were discontinued in about 2005. Several were cut off first such as Azo, and then the rest.
There's that new Kodak app. Much better than any stinking data guide...
Ummm, Prove it!
i think it's "or not"
It is or not
Anyway it only works with fruity phones so a bit like Kodak publishing a Dataguide only in Spanish for the whole of the US market unfortunately. But at least it's out there for the minority to use.