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    Well for instance Kodachrome has already gone and so the number of Kodachrome images in the world is now finite, if you get my drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Well for instance Kodachrome has already gone and so the number of Kodachrome images in the world is now finite, if you get my drift.
    Finite, but probably numbering in the billions. There are 10,000 active listings for Kodachrome slides on eBay. Their value appears to be related to the rarity of the image, not the extinction of the particular medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Well for instance Kodachrome has already gone and so the number of Kodachrome images in the world is now finite, if you get my drift.
    Finite, but probably numbering in the billions. There are 10,000 active listings for Kodachrome slides on eBay. Their value appears to be related to the rarity of the image, not the extinction of the particular medium.
    And Ektachrome always had much better color accuracy and rendition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    Finite, but probably numbering in the billions. There are 10,000 active listings for Kodachrome slides on eBay. Their value appears to be related to the rarity of the image, not the extinction of the particular medium.
    Billions at the moment, but in the next 100 years probably thousands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    And Ektachrome always had much better color accuracy and rendition.
    True, but for some reason, the Kodachrome listings outnumber Ektachrome 10-to-1. Many of the sales are photos of fire trucks; I guess the collectors like that Kodachrome red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    True, but for some reason, the Kodachrome listings outnumber Ektachrome 10-to-1. Many of the sales are photos of fire trucks; I guess the collectors like that Kodachrome red.
    That's the point. A technical one.
    If collectors/photographers had a deep understanding of Kodachrome (and many did not), they would appreciate that Kodachrome was the best film at the time for red: roses, fire trucks, hydrants, rockets... anything where red needed to be recorded with greater accuracy over, for instance, muddly and bluey Ektachrome or the later Vaudevillian Fujichrome films.

    Kodachrome, Fujichrome...whatever 'chrome prints are not collectable; why should they be? The original images (transparencies) are and antiquarian dealers would pay serious money for them. This is because printing is not a precise rendition of the recorded image (on film) and as such art dealers/collectors routinely devalue it. But an image like e.g. McCurry's "Afghan Girl" is locked away in a bank vault, despite having been reproduced ad nauseum everywhere on the web and commemorative prints made just as often, they are nowhere near the perpetual value of the original image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Perhaps I should have said as some films become obsolete.

    I don't see what people are getting all hot and bothered about at your mention of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moose10101 View Post
    Finite, but probably numbering in the billions. There are 10,000 active listings for Kodachrome slides on eBay. Their value appears to be related to the rarity of the image, not the extinction of the particular medium.
    There is/was a definite preference from aircraft enthusiasts and photo collectors for Kodachrome shots, and there was a lot of adverse comment on specialist sites when Kodachrome discontinuence was announced (and, to perhaps a lesser extent, for train enthusiasts). Probable a perceived accuracy and consistency of color rendering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    But an image like e.g. McCurry's "Afghan Girl" is locked away in a bank vault, despite having been reproduced ad nauseum everywhere on the web and commemorative prints made just as often, they are nowhere near the perpetual value of the original image.
    The existance of that original transpareny is an added value for a collector for an already iconic photograph. But that would bot apply to the vast majority of still existing Kodachrome slides. If they were nor re-discoverd as important and collectable photograph imagewise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Billions at the moment, but in the next 100 years probably thousands.
    I wish I had a reason to to be concerned about anything 100 years from now (or even 50). 40 is a possibility but I'm not sure I'll be able to hold a camera by then

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