**Kodachrome 200 gone**
It is official, Kodak has discontinued Kodachrome 200 as of November, 2006.
According to my contact at Kodak, they decided to make the announcement to vendors and labs only. I saw an ebay ad for KL-200 from Dwayne's and called them today. B&H is already out ( I ordered 200 rolls in the last few days ) and it is uncertain how much is actually left at Kodak.
Dwayne's does have a good supply that might last awhile if you need it.
We do have at least a couple years to get this stuff souped so have a go with it. I hope I have enough time to shoot and process what is now some 1,600 rolls of all speeds.
Sorry to break it to you, but it is the real deal..:(
Well, sorry to see any variety of Kodachrome go, but I never really cared for K200.
Hmmmm ... why is it that Kodak chose to keep this somewhat hush-hush? :(
To keep away the angry mobs with the pitchforks and torches.
I didn't even realize there was a Kodachrome 200. Whenever I used it in the past I just used either 25 or 64. I guess I've been out of the loop for a while.
Not sure about the mobs - but I do think you otherwise "nailed" it.
Originally Posted by Moopheus
K-200 was never on my radar screen either. 25 became mythological - but 64 was my "bread and butter" chrome for many years.
There's another current K-chrome thread here going around right now - guess it's a Kodachrome night! :)
That's putting it mildly. I was always puzzled why a firm that produced the excellent K25 and K64 would wish to sully the name by marketing the 200 ASA version. Specifically, I found it too grainy, less specifically I found it lacking in punch and never liked the colour rendition. Perhaps the advantages of "proper" Kodachrome still applied, though, in terms of archival qualities. Personally, I much prefer(red) the Fuji 200 films and Kodak 200 E6's.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
Still, as David says, it's sad to see any Kodachrome go, or indeed any film, and no doubt many liked it or it wouldn't have been on the shelves!
That is unfortunate. Though I can not remember ever shooting with Kodachrome 200. Most of my transparency film has always been between ISO of 25 and 100 and in the last 15 years between 50 and 100.
Pity, but I have never seen Kodachrome 200 on the shelves here in Toronto. I am going to continue using Kodachrome 64 until its gone, then back to E-6.
Well, to give all of the information here, the final development cycle of Kodacrhome included the ISO 400 version that never was, but it also included some revisions to the other versions.
Due to decreasing sales, all of these 'improved' versions of the current Kodachromes were cancelled. Why fix what isn't selling? That was true even in 1988.
One of the attractions of K200 was supposed to be for indoor sports. If you pushed it to 500 (this was a standard Kodachrome push) the color shift nicely balanced typical gymnasium lighting. I've seen some good examples of that, but have never really shot sports myself.