Kodak Taking Kodachrome Away

Posted by ed oboyle on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 @ 09:08 AM

Nearly 75 years ago, Eastman Kodak introduced a new type of color reversal film and created a mass-market for Kodachrome. Yesterday, Kodak announced the end of Kodachrome production citing the continuing decline in demand. The company predicted that current stock will run out this fall.

Kodachrome has enjoyed a stellar reputation among archivist and professional photographers for its color accuracy and longevity. It is estimated that Kodachrome's least stable color will loose only 20% of it's dye in 185 years under ordinary conditions.

At FotoBridge, we see thousands of Kodachrome slides, many 50 years old and older, and continue to be amazed at the color accuracy and density that lives on. Kodachrome slides, especially those stored in dark, dry environments make for amazing scans and eye-popping digital images. Although correctly scanning Kodachrome slides has it's challenges, they are among our favorite media to digitize.

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