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George2010
12-29-2010, 11:36 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/us/30film.html?hp

j-dogg
12-30-2010, 03:43 AM
Rest in peace, my good friend. 1935-2010, the end of an era.

2F/2F
12-30-2010, 03:51 AM
R.I.P. to one of my least favorite films, but certainly the classic transparency film.

That doctor who still has 400 unexposed rolls makes me mad. I guess when you make that kind of money, $4,500 spent on wasted film is nothing. What gets me is how many people were trying to get their hands on this stuff at any cost over the past year while those rolls sat there, never to be used. If the guy wasn't going to shoot it, he should have sold it. He would have made his money back too. Bad call.

Jeff Kubach
12-30-2010, 03:53 AM
It is a sad day.

Jeff

Chris Nielsen
12-30-2010, 05:35 AM
If the machine is going to be sold for scrap, I'd sure love to buy a small piece of it!

M.A.Longmore
12-30-2010, 05:48 AM
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Why isn't The Kodachrome Processing equipment being donated to The Smithsonian Institute, or The George Eastman House ?

railwayman3
12-30-2010, 06:18 AM
If the machine is going to be sold for scrap, I'd sure love to buy a small piece of it!

So would I!

Surely it should be preserved, though?

CGW
12-30-2010, 06:47 AM
Enough already...

railwayman3
12-30-2010, 06:53 AM
Enough already...

If you're not interested, no one's forcing you to read the thread......? :errm:

Steve Smith
12-30-2010, 07:27 AM
To answer a question some people have been asking:


In the end, it was determined that a roll belonging to Dwayne Steinle, the owner, would be last. It took three tries to find a camera that worked. And over the course of the week he fired off shots of his house, his family and downtown Parsons. The last frame is already planned for Thursday, a picture of all the employees standing in front of Dwayne’s wearing shirts with the epitaph: “The best slide and movie film in history is now officially retired. Kodachrome: 1935-2010.”


Steve.

CGW
12-30-2010, 07:29 AM
If you're not interested, no one's forcing you to read the thread......? :errm:

Spare me. It's over. Live with it. Time to move from denial to recovery.

railwayman3
12-30-2010, 07:57 AM
Spare me. It's over. Live with it. Time to move from denial to recovery.

Do you take that view with every historic event? :(

Actually, I have already moved on, to B&W, C-41, MF (and even digital for some things....:redface: ).

I've had a great year with K-14, it's demise made me make the effort to go to shoot many places, events and subjects, and to enjoy two extra holidays, which I might not have done otherwise. How about you? :confused:

Blighty
12-30-2010, 07:59 AM
Spare me. It's over. Live with it. Time to move from denial to recovery.

We do live with it. Living with 'it' (and adapting to change) seems to me one of APUGs defining characteristics. Bloody nora mate! If the folks of APUGland want to commemorate the end of an era, let 'em do so.

Chris Nielsen
12-30-2010, 06:37 PM
It's not over till I get my last slides back from Dwayne's. Then I will mourn and at last move on.

Chazzy
12-30-2010, 06:56 PM
I'm curious what will happen to Dwayne's once their Kodachrome business is gone. They'll be just another e6 and c41 lab now.

Ken Nadvornick
12-30-2010, 07:04 PM
Spare me. It's over. Live with it. Time to move from denial to recovery.

Perhaps it's a bigger, wider world than you realize. And not everyone in that world thinks or feels exactly like you do. It's always dangerous to be telling others just what their thoughts and feelings and actions should be...

Ken

lxdude
12-30-2010, 07:25 PM
Spare me. It's over. Live with it. Time to move from denial to recovery.
It's appropriate to commemorate the passing of Kodachrome. I have used and preferred Kodachrome since I was 18. I am now over three times that age, and until now it was always there. I can't do today what I could yesterday, what I have been enjoying for over 2/3rds of my lifetime, almost 1/2 the lifetime of Kodachrome itself. Kodachrome is one of the most significant photographic products ever created. For over 50 years nothing else came close to it. It is absolutely the end of an era. It is a loss, and I am sad about it.

As others have said, no one is making you read this thread. If you can't understand, fine. But your comments and attitude only make it less likely that anything you say will be taken seriously. A little respect goes a long way. With a little more maturity maybe you will be able to see better why people have a need to talk about the passing of an iconic product, especially one that was so good it endured for 75 years. In this era of throwaway obsolescence, that is in itself something to commemorate.

Moopheus
12-30-2010, 07:26 PM
I'm curious what will happen to Dwayne's once their Kodachrome business is gone. They'll be just another e6 and c41 lab now.

Maybe the disc & 126 business will keep them going. Given the way the E-6 business is going, maybe they'll be the last for that, too.

canuhead
12-30-2010, 07:36 PM
got these factoids from a cbc.ca article. wonder how many rolls this actually translates to....

"In the last couple of days, we've got 500 packages from Federal Express, 250 from UPS, and probably 18 to 20 bags of mail from the post office."

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/12/30/kodachrome-last-roll.html#ixzz19e3PFA5R

erikg
12-30-2010, 07:40 PM
Maybe the disc & 126 business will keep them going. Given the way the E-6 business is going, maybe they'll be the last for that, too.

The Times piece said that much of their business is digital but the less said about that the better. They still process movie film and that isn't so common so I think I'll be using them in the future.