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Friday, 15 October 2010

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Thanks for the reminder to finish shooting my last two rolls!

Mike,

Thank you. You didn't mention format, though I assume you're talking about 35mm roll film.

Does anybody know where I can buy Kodachrome in Europe?
Paul

Kodachrome in 120 was a short-lived muse, I got to shoot exactly one roll, some portraits of my (then) girlfriend. A studio, Hasselblad, big Speedo strobes, just some headshots with her in a black turtleneck on a black background -- that roll is like a fine jewel to me, not cut, still in it's sleeve and box from Kodak. The total patina of the transparencies are completely beyond description, except to take everything you love about Kodachrome, and make it bigger.

I would so like to take some K64 off of Mikal's hands. But I've already shot my wad. I bought a stock of it last fall and have since shot and processed all but one roll, which I'm leaving unopened as a souvenir. I don't think I could do any more justice to the film, much as I'd like to try one last time.

Thank you for your generosity, Mikal!

so Paul Simon's Kodachrome song is finally coming true ----- mama don't take my Kodachrome away ---- sad times for film users, but the good news is you can still buy a Nikon camera

I'm was using Ektachrome 64t for my product shots, but that isn't made anymore.

I've now ordered the last rolls of the Fuji equivalent left in Europe.

See here: http://flashmansmusings.blogspot.com/2010/06/image-capturing-tools-that-i-use-in-my.html

I'd love to have a few rolls in any format. 35, 120, 4x5. Email Me

I'd love to get my hands on a roll of 25 ASA Kodachrome, but the eBay auctions I've come across only have it in bulk. I've realistically got a chance to shoot one roll, so if anyone has one they'd be willing to part with, please let me know ([email protected]).

I ran across a cartridge of Super8 Kodachrome in the thrift store recently, being sold with a camera. I should have grabbed it, but I thought that like 120, Super8 wasn't being developed anymore.

Dear Jim,

Heh, it's funny how life treats us differently. Kodak sent me some K64 120 to work with. They even paid for processing at their Palo Alto facility (just down the Pensinsula from me, so no interminably long transits for delicate film).

It came back between 0.7 and 1 stop underdeveloped, and blue shifted by about 20CC.

I just threw up my hands and gave up. Went back to using my highly-reliable local E6 lab, when I didn't have time to process my own.

Back in the 1970's I had a friend in Intelligence who decided to get me some 120 K25 to photograph with. He figured out how to get the film allocated to me, but he couldn't figure out how to get it processed in their facilities without raising eyebrows.

pax / discouraged Ctein

Nice.

Maybe it's time for another gear swap/trade/giveaway. I have a couple camera bags for a good home.

Film Photography Podcast (on flickr, iTunes, and .com) was giving some away. They also have a Kodachrome flickr group, KODACHROME - Film Photography Project 2010

Plus One for Jim in Denver...

When Kodak was trying to figure out what to do with Kodachrome back in the day, I shot a bunch of Kodachrome 120 of some models (head shots) and was stunned at how different/better it looked than the Ektachrome and Fujichrome I was shooting professionally at the time. In fact, I thought it looked more like old Kodachrome II than the 35mm Kodachrome 64 I was getting at the time! Shopped it around to some clients and they thought it looked "nice", but they all stated there was no way they were waiting longer than "next-day" for chrome delivery on a project. Decided I might use it for personal projects, but never shot a roll again...made me sad...

3 rolls of K64, expiration 07/2007, been in the freezer for about five years. Free, you pay postage. [email protected]

I bought two rolls from a neighbor, it was way too much pressure to do something with it. Took me 3 months to push it through my Leica, screwing up my Leica-for-a-year project. I have a roll in a Nikonos I that I really have no idea what to do with. Might have some cool pictures there but ISO 64 film doesn't agree with me very well.

That's a great shot.

I don't care about the film ... no film cameras around, but is that not a 59 Chevy?

I have never shot Kodachrome film in my short photographic life and would love to shoot the streets of my new home, Montréal.
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I have a flickr set with some of my kodachromes. If anyone has a extra rolls that they can't shoot, I'd be happy to take them for shipping (on my flickr profile page, there are links to facebook/twitter for contact).

Agree with Paul, there is an unfortunate feeling of not wanting to 'waste' any frames, which can't be good for shooting.

"Agree with Paul, there is an unfortunate feeling of not wanting to 'waste' any frames, which can't be good for shooting."

I'd personally never shoot a discontinued or soon-to-be-discontinued material. I want materials with a future. I even stopped shooting one particular film decades ago because there were RUMORS it would soon be discontinued--and that very film is still being made today! Oh well.

Mike

The thing that got me soured of K64 (in the late 90's) was a consistent magenta shift that, although not that strong, was annoying. It wasn't worth bothering with, especially because the 100ASA Fujichromes of the day were just starting to be amazing.

The last film I shot (and I stuck with it for years...) was Provia 100F. Nice stuff.

"Posted by: Bron
I don't care about the film ... no film cameras around, but is that not a 59 Chevy?"

I'm betting it's a 1960 Chevy Impala. I recall the cool "space-age" side mirrors and the concave edge on the fin. Ah, when cars were real cars (and death traps).

Bron -

I think the chrome strip above the door handle makes it a '60.


MS

This might be an opportune time to talk about the change over from Kodachrome II and X to Kodachrome 25 and 64. Again, a "plus one" for Jim in Denver, as after the change happened, I almost never shot a 35mm roll of Kodachrome I was happy with (far too easy to get magenta bias, or even magenta highlights, green shadows, i.e. uncorrectable crossover, as well as horrible contrast); and the 120 rolls I tested in the 1980's looked far different (and far better) than the 35mm stuff we were getting.

The Kodak press release info at the time "claimed" they were cleaning up the process, hence the new film, but like much of everything Kodak ever did from the 60's on, they basically killed it through malfeasance. A review of my Kodachrome II slides from the early 70's really show the difference in color quality between the old and new films. Subtler color, better skin tones, smoother contrast, and an uncanny ability to "nail" a beautiful skin color on an overcast day. There was even talk at the time that persisted for a while, that our little town in the mid-west was getting inferior Kodachrome 25 and 64, or at least film that was on the low end of the acceptance range, while the big cities like NYC and LA were getting the "good stuff".

I've never been able to figure out why Kodak makes these nutzed up changes that actually end up with crappier products. I can't figure out if all those RIT business MBA's try to learn how to make the product cheaper, even at a loss in quality, and think they can jam it down the consumers throats, or what? I DO remember when our Kodak Technical Service Rep, in the 70's, who visited all the area studios, changed from being an older person with a long career in the photography industry, to a 20-something RIT biz school grad with no experience in photography that just parroted what Kodak told her. Not helpful...

I also remember when the Kodak TSR told us that he wanted us to start shooting negative color film on everything (we were a product/food studio shooting 4X5 and 8X10 transparency for catalog and advertising), because Kodak made tons of it for the amateurs and wedding guys, and we were just "lucky" that Kodak was still making transparency at all! Right on the cusp of Fuji storming the market with their fine range of transparency films!

That crazy Kodak! Go figure....I say Kodachrome II and X, RIP!

I have Kodachrome 64, 200, and maybe one or two rolls of 25 that I will not be able to use. User will have to pay shipping:

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Tom,
Very interesting. I shot some Kodachrome when I was very young, and I believe it was Kodachrome II. I remember it as being mesmerizing...I'd project pictures on the white living room wall and just stare at them. I revisited it in art school, when it probably would have been K64 that I used, and I somehow just didn't like it as well. I could not begin to articulate why that was so, at that time.

Mike

Good luck with your last shots of sacred Kodachrome :) Enjoy.
I would love to shoot medium format Kodachrome ... I even dream about it at night :)

I have an unexpired roll of 35mm, will give it to anyone who has never shot a roll before. Honor system, but I want somebody to get to try it before it's all over.

Alternatively, if you lie and use it for a magazine or something, I'd hope to get credit.

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So What do I do with these 20 PREpaid processing mailers for kodachrome I have sitting in a drawer?

It's gone. Sorry!

That beautiful shot reminds me of a 1960 buick LeSebre.

With huge wide fins at the back which exceeded 108 inches in width.

Have just sold ALL of my photographic gear, the Nikon F100 and D90, everything. And you may ask why?

Simple, one has to have a purpose in life and moreso in photography. If neither exist, why bother? I was given by a friend a new Fuji with a zoom lense, called a bridge camera however knowing he was going on a long six month journey to Australia, for a work project gave me the camera. That was three months ago, I haven't touched it since; too many other things happening in my life.

And photography is interesting to read about happenings yet I can not get the ambition to even take a photo.

Hi Mike!

...interesting comment about your seminal experience with what was probably Kodachrome II, and it's hypnotic properties! I wanted to chime in here one more time and say when the the films changed over from Kodachrome II and X, to Kodachrome 25 and 64, more than one photographer I knew that relied on the film for magazine work, tested the new stuff, and immediately ran out and bought and froze vast quantities of Kodachrome II and used it religiously until they ran out or the process was shut down. Then, they replaced it NOT with the new Kodachrome, but with Ektachrome or Fujichrome. They never liked Kodachrome 25 or 64, and, of course, their ever increasing need for turn-around was probably contributing to their adoption of E-6 process film.

It seems every time one of the manufacturers changes these honored materials, you always hear the stories of people freezing film or stock-piling material (heck, I did it with my beloved Verichrome Pan 120). But eventually, it disappears to be just a fond memory, no matter how good it was compared to the "new" item. My forced march into digital has nothing to do with an appreciation for it, just the knowledge that eventually it'll be impossible to get the processing services I need for transparency. I only hope the processors can keep it up.

I´ve been looking at Fred Herzogs´s Vancouver Photographs online http://www.equinoxgallery.com/artists/portfolio/fred-herzog/1
Oh why didn´t I buy that book!!
And Oh why didn´t I ever try Kodachrome!!!! 38 years old I´ve been taking images since the age of six and seriously since the age of fifteen and I´ve never tried it and now I´ve fallen in love with that colour palette.
Kodachrome WOW!!
http://www.equinouxgallery.com/artists/fred-herzog/art/90164

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