Unfortunately, Astia is not everywhere.
Keith - there's still a fair amt of 4x5 Astia left in this country, and Badger recently imported a sizable batch of
8x10 at a reasonable price, but that's all gone with no more in sight. I would have bought a bunch if Cibachrome
were still a going concern. The point is, even in Japan the amt of Astia is finite because no more is being made.
Too bad ... it was a wonderful for printing but never caught on big here because it doesn't look as snappy for
raw viewing. It also was by far the best dupe film ever made, much better than CDU or EDupe.
I have about (10) 80-photo slide trays with Ektachromes and Kodachromes but haven't looked at them with my slide projector in about 15 years. I have recently scanned about two trays of the 10 and find that they show well on a 52" HDTV with music in the background, dissolves, titles, etc. Actually I think they look better than with a slide projector. But my memory isn't s good as it use to be. I've even created video from them and posted on YouTube. I think they're more interesting in these other ways than straight slide projectors. Easier to set up too. Certainly easier to keep guests from bailing out to go home early when they see you setting up a slide projector. Now you just flip on the HDTV and start the show before they can make excuses why they got to go.
Of course that was all 35mm. I also have medium format. But these 6x7's were taken with Velvia 50 mainly. When I printed chemically, I had to do a 4x5 internegative. So I was really using negatives anyway. I recently did a roll of Portra 400 in 120 and it scans well. As long as some companies are making something, it should be OK. I guess there's nostalgia and most people don't like change or to see things they have had a relationship with disappear. But we all have to move on at times and we will survive.
RIP Ektachrome 35mm still film 1942-2012 :(
OK, got that off my back.
Switching to Fujichrome Provia 100 until such time that Fuji stops making transparency film. I get all my film processed @ Dwayne's. Haven't had any quality issues at all. I just hope they keep doing well for the time being. I would patronise my local lab (in Oak Lawn district), but the price seems a bit high for (unmounted) E6.
Ektachrome 100HC, exp. 1988.
PKM-25 Can I come:) , kidding, sounds like a heck of a night!
I got a few bricks of Sensia 100 and Astia 100, so I think that can last for at least another couple years.
Awwww.. I just started shooting reversal again and I prefer Ektachrome skin tones over Provia :(
There's nothing like slides on a light table, almost like looking at the actual scene frozen in time.
Just last week I was showing a friend some 6x6 chromes and commenting on how the general public has completely forgotten about the magic of slides. By the time the analog revolution come full swing they may have to be reinvented.
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