I wonder if there isn't something about processing or storage that is affecting the Ektachromes people are reporting as fading? I just ran across some Ektachrome (don't recall precisely which, but probably either E-3 Ektachrome 64 or the very first Ektachrome 100, then-new E-4 process) that I shot in a Brownie Holiday (127 box camera) in 1973. These two strips, two exposures each, have been knocking around with the few photos I have left from those days, have survived at least 15 or 20 moves, storage in a basement that occasionally flooded (they never got wet, but the humidity was very high at times), uncontrolled temperatures ranging from freezing up to 100 F or higher -- and they look as good as the day I got them back from processing, far better than the Kodacolor prints they were stored with, which do show some slight fading. The B&W prints in that envelope are fine, no surprise...
Originally Posted by fingel
Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.
Can I ask a stupid question? In the UK, Kodachrome comes process paid. You put it in the envelope provided, send it to Kodak and a few days later it comes back as mounted slides. Is this not the case elsewhere in the world? It never occured to me that it could be hard to get processed.
I think you can buy it that way, but you don't have to in the U.S. You can actually just use Kodak mailers or take it to a drugstore or a lab in the U.S., but it still all goes to Dwayne's, whether you send it there yourself or not, just as in Europe it all goes to Kodak in Switzerland.
Does Rocky Mountain really charge that price for modern K-14 processing, or is that for the older K-12 process? They specialize in obsolete processes, so I don't see why anyone would send K-14 to them, unless they wanted a non-standard push or pull that Dwayne's doesn't do.
Rocky Mountain does specialize in the older processes, which is probably what they are listing on their website, but they used to do the modern K process once or twice a year as well, they may have changed since I was working in the local photo store, I have not sent any K process film in for a long time now.
The mailers we are getting here in Montana, are addressed to New Jersey as the processing address.
These are the address for the only two labs I know of to do Kodachrome processing:
Kodak Premium Processing
16-31 Route 208
P.O. Box 7000 Fair Lawn NJ 07410-7000
Dwayne's Photo if shipping other than USPS then use:
ATTN: Customer Service Dwayne's Photo
P.O. Box 692 415 S. 32nd ST.
Parsons, KS 67357 Parsons KS 67357
And I'm fairly sure Kodak Fairlawn is now just collecting it and sending it to Dwayne's.
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[Is Kodachrome the only alternative to B&W for archiving?
In another thread the topic of archiving came up, and from what I can gather the only way to really archive color (more than 100 years) is with color separation negatives on film or glass plates. I had hard time accepting this but I have not had the time to see how the museums and universities are achieving their color collections. Anyone have any knowledge?
I have 35 year old Kodachrome which have held up very well, Extachrome, Agfa, and GAF from time frame are starting to fade, the GAF very badly.
Kodak lists only three labs remaining--
Dwayne's, Lausanne, and Tokyo
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Yep, here is the link to that page. I couldn't believe it when I saw those prices.
Rocky Mountain is quite expensive for everything they do, but for some of the processes they are the only game going...as there is another lab that does K14, I don't imagine they do much in that arena yet!
Originally Posted by Satinsnow
You can also send Kodachrome mailers to this address.
KODAK Mailer Processing
C/O District Photo
P. O. Box 3022
Beltsville, MD 20704
(301) 937-5300 (A site contact # to use for express mailing packages ONLY)
(800) 345-6973 (For all questions on mailers or ordering new ones)
By the way, it is true that there are only two labs in the world that process Kodachrome cine film, and when Kodak closes the Switzerland facility, there will only be Dwayne's. But I believe there are a small number of the Kodak mini K-Labs still in operation for processing Kodachrome slide film.