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    The Late Kodachrome Rumor

    No, that's not a typo -- I didn't mean to say "Latest."

    Here it is, fresh off this morning's edition of the Kodachrome list (I withheld the poster's name for reasons of his privacy. It's no secret, he posted it to a public list, and anyone can go look at the web archives, but still, I don't want to publish his name. Call me old fashioned.) Here is is, form your own opinions. I've already formed mine (I'm smelling the "Tech Pan Playbook" all over again), and I'm none too happy this morning:

    I work in a support role for the fifth largest telco in the US. About
    a week ago a gentleman called in for help with a VPN connection.
    During the course of our conversation he told me that he works for
    Kodak in sales at a regional level or something like that. The
    division he works in is not directly related to film, so take this
    with a grain of salt. (For obvious ethical reasons I shouldn't be any
    more specific as to his identity.)

    I admitted to him that I still shoot film and he replied "You're the
    one!" He went on to tell me that any Kodachrome I'm currently
    purchasing was probably coated almost two years ago, that it's
    discontinued, and that I shouldn't expect to be able to buy any more
    once Kodak's current stock runs out. At that point the engineer I was
    waiting on got back to me with a solution for our technical problem
    and our conversation ended.

    Again, I have no idea how much truth or mis-information was passed on
    to me. He did not specify 64 or 200 or pro or whatever. Just thought
    I'd share.

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    Kodachrome is coated once a year now. Last I heard it was scheduled for November 2006. This is down from being coated 24/7/365 and the trend downward started long before digital.

    I'll see if I can get more information.

    It is the most difficult product to coat and the most difficult to process.

    PE

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    Was that 64 or 200, Pro or Consumer? Do they coat all four types per year? Or do they alternate on a four-year staggered queue?

    Why would a Kodak exec say what that exec told the poster? (If you'll nose through the Kodachrome list archives, I think you will conclude that the poster is not prone to coming up creative oddments.)

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    Kodachrome is the film that has died a thousand deaths.

    I held my Last Rites for it this past Autumn when I shot my last few rolls taking "leaf peeper" shots.

    Whether you can still get it or not - it has the dimmest future of all Kodak film types so I won't bother buying it anymore.

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    Hmmmm, what is the address for the Kodachrome list? I might be interested in that. Thanks.

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    I don't buy any film (although I do get the occasional NFR samples from Kodak).

    As far as I'm concerned, film will always be available. (Unless we get hit with a supernova somewhere that puts out enough of a blast of cosmic rays to ruin the lifetime supply in my freezer, in which case I think we'll all have other things to worry about.)

    No, I'm not personally worried the availability of film. (Now ask me about the availability of processing. I can, if worse comes to worst, make C41 and E6 from scratch, but as far as K14 goes, it's now IMO a race to the bottom -- to see if I can get to the bottom of my stack of Kodachrome before Dwayne's sends out a "That's all, folks!" notice.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmr View Post
    Hmmmm, what is the address for the Kodachrome list? I might be interested in that. Thanks.
    Kodachrome mailing list
    Kodachrome@lists.kjsl.com
    http://lists.kjsl.com/mailman/listinfo/kodachrome

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    Thanks, I just subscribed.

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    I am just going to keep shooting with it until I can't buy Kodachrome anymore.

    Bill
    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
    Ferris Bueller

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    Quote Originally Posted by r-s View Post
    (Now ask me about the availability of processing. I can, if worse comes to worst, make C41 and E6 from scratch,
    Can you actually formulate your own CD3 and/or CD4? (and don't ask me how in the world I know about those.)

    but as far as K14 goes, it's now IMO a race to the bottom -- to see if I can get to the bottom of my stack of Kodachrome before Dwayne's sends out a "That's all, folks!" notice.)
    I and a co-worker were talking about this a while ago. We phoned Dwayne's and they convincingly assured us that there are no plans to discontinue K14 processing in the forseeable future. They said if and when it does happen there will be considerable notice.

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