I'm really going to miss EPN, as it has been my standard for photographing artwork for many years. I have used Astia, but I didn't like the reformulated version from a few years ago.
Just a note on stockpiling HIE - The base fog goes up rather quickly with age, even in the freezer. I've read that it was due to cosmic radiation, but am not sure about that.
I am not surprised in the cull with the Ektachrome slide films, I have used the E-100 series and I am happy with it.
Fuji has a simplified product line up in comparison to what Kodak was running with, so Big Yellow's rationalisation is not surprising. I would rather have just the E-100 series then no slide film at all.
"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
I can't say that it's not surprising, but it is sad. They are all old tech films with probably very niche uses, but still...
I never used the slide films, but HIE is unique. The range of its sensitivity and its lack of an anti-halation layer give it a wonderful look that can't be duplicated in other films. I'll miss it. Heck, I liked the grain too.
What I find truly amazing is that they have been producing e64 until this year. No surprise it's finally being cut, good riddance. I am glad to see the old films cut so they can concentrate on keeping the new emulsions alive.
EPN though is the industry standard for accurate color and a bit of a loss for many I am sure as is HIR. Anyway trimming off the excess retro films isn't really that bad is it? Let us concentrate on the awesome modern film emulsions and forget the past, it is past.
I would imagine very few would lose any work. If Kodak discontinues a line of film because the need has basically disappeared, then these films probably only get a limited number of runs. From PE has said, Kodachrome for example only runs once a year for a couple hours. So cutting it would be just a blip on the radar of the coating machines...
Oh HIE. I miss you already. Does anyone want to loan me $500 to buy some? On a more serious note, how well does HIE keep frozen?