35mm Slide film speed variety
I shot quite a bit of slide film as a kid, and started shooting it again in 2011. If my memory serves me correctly, the different speeds of consumer slide film Kodak offered in the late 80's were (Kodachrome 200 wasn't introduced yet):
- Kodachrome 25
- Kodachrome 64
- Ektachrome 64 (Tungsten)
- Ektachrome 100
- Ektachrome 160 (Tungsten)
- Ektachrome 200
- Ektachrome 400
Now of course, Kodak only offers two slide films and only 1 film speed - E100VS and E100G. However, if I include Fuji and Rollei films, here's what appears to be current:
- Fuji Velvia 50
- Fuji 64 (Tungsten) - it's still in stock at B&H
- Fuji Velvia 100
- Fuji Velvia 100F
- Fuji Provia 100F
- Rollei Digibase CR 200
- Fuji Provia 400X
So I've got almost the same mix of film available to me (albeit by mail order only) as I did back in the mid-late 80's. The Kodachromes are gone (and with them the daylight 64-speed film and the 25-speed film), and the 160-speed Tungsten film. In the place of the 25 and 64 speed daylight films I've got a great 50-speed, there are 5(!) 100-speed films (three from Fuji, two from Kodak), a 200-speed film, and a 400-speed film. I've got almost the same slide film speed varieties now as I did then. Then I had ISOs available to me from 25 to 400; now I have 50-400. Sure Kodak isn't making the variety they used to, and the Kodachromes are gone, but I can cover basically the same range of daylight lighting situations now as I could then by using Fuji and Rollei films.
Long live slide film!
My only complaint about current slide film availability is the price of Provia 400, which is about $10/roll.
You're complaining about $10!? Here in Australia it is $27 a roll! A box of 5 is $146.00!
Originally Posted by Hatchetman
The 70s and 80s were evidently the halcyon days of slide film. Like many, right up to the mid-1990s, I was using Ektachrome then Kodachrome before moving to Fuji in 1996. Only a few of my Ekta slides remain, but hundreds of pristine Kodachrome slides from the 1980s. Very mundane and pedestrian stuff, but the staying power and bright-eyed look of these slides continues to fascinate me. Oh, but even thousands more Fuji slides then thousands more unmounted...
Yes they were. I remember dragging out the slide projector many times to look at the slides my parents took on their Kodak Instamatic camera, before I got a 35mm one. I still like looking at old slides, and now my son is infected with the slide bug too! My wife is the only one that complains about how much the slide film costs, but I haven't bought any Fuji 400 as it is significantly more costly than the 100 or 200 speed films.
Processing is readily available if I don't mind waiting a couple weeks to get the slides back. I can drop the film off at Wal-Mart and it goes out to Fuji, who I believe contracts with Dwayne's for the processing, so it's all good, and a bit less expensive than sending a single roll to Dwayne's.
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I have a Popular Photography Magazine from March of 2000. The B&H ad lists the following:
20 Kodak slide films (price is for 36 exp).
KM-25 $ 5.95
KR-64 $ 4.15
KL-200 $ 6.89
PKR-64 $ 8.49
PKL-200 $ 9.29
EB-100 $ 4.29
EBX-100 $ 4.69
ED-200 $ 6.39
All USA $ not grey market prices
I really only miss KR-64 , E100GX (that was in out yet in the year 2000) and E-200.
Last edited by brianmquinn; 01-10-2012 at 09:14 PM. Click to view previous post history.
I forgot they also had some Kodak Slide duplications films too in sizes of 35mm, 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10.
And you're complaining! It's 36.20 at Vanbar.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
Provia 400X is 27,19 EUR for a pro pack where I order it. In fact, I'm about to order a brick!
And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"
While we're on the subject of duplicating film ... it seems that duplicate slides or slides from prints and negatives (and CD if you need it) are available from none other than Dwayne's Photo! Duplicate slides (from 35mm slide only) are US$0.50 each; from the other image sources (they don't mention the CD until you pull up the order form) are US$1.10 each.
This is good news for us slide film shooters who happen to have images in other formats that we would like to project.