Kodak to brings back EKTACHROME film


This was just announced: Kodak will bring back the EKTACHROME film in the fourth quarter of 2017. Here is the full press release:

Kodak Brings Back a Classic with EKTACHROME Film

Las Vegas, NV, Thursday, January 05, 2017 --

To the delight of film enthusiasts across the globe, Eastman Kodak Company today announced plans to bring back one of its most iconic film stocks.  Over the next 12 months, Kodak will be working to reformulate and manufacture KODAK EKTACHROME Film for both motion picture and still photography applications.  Initial availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

KODAK EKTACHROME Film has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of cinematographers before it was discontinued in 2012. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts.

“It is such a privilege to reintroduce KODAK EKTRACHROME Film to the cinematography community,” said Steven Overman, Kodak’s chief marketing officer and president of the Consumer and Film Division. “We are seeing a broad resurgence of excitement about capturing images on film. Kodak is committed to continuing to manufacture film as an irreplaceable medium for image creators to capture their artistic vision. We are proud to help bring back this classic.”

Kodak will produce EKTACHROME at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will market and distribute the Super 8 motion picture film version of EKTACHROME Film directly.

Kodak Alaris, an independent company since 2013, also plans to offer a still format KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film for photographers in 135-36x format.  KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film is a color positive film, also known as “reversal,” “slide,” or “transparency” film. Unlike all of the other KODAK PROFESSIONAL Films available today, which are color negative films, EKTACHROME generates a positive image that can be viewed or projected once it is exposed and processed. This makes it ideal for high-resolution projection or presentations. It is also well suited for scanning and printing onto a range of professional-grade photographic media.  Availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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  • Richard Jones

    Ooh! Ooh! Must see if Metro Colour Labs (Birmingham) are still in business and still do E6.

  • Brennan McKissick

    This is the only reason I’m excited about 2017.

    • Ethan

      So much butthurt

      • Brennan McKissick

        What?

    • CHD

      Really??? Sounds like you’re in for a dire year.

      • Brennan McKissick

        Donald Trump can’t stop Kodak.

        • CHD

          Well…he DID say he was going to make America great again….maybe this is what he meant.

  • Zos Xavius

    Frankly this is the most exciting news I’ve heard in a long time. I can’t wait!!

  • Ernest Aquilio

    YES! I loved this film, now it can be enjoyed once again. I guess the film business is showing some growth? I hope they bring it back in 120 as well.

  • obican

    Now release it in 120 format!

    • Spy Black

      …and 220… 😉

      • obican

        Fine, been stocking up on Hasselblad A24 backs anyway.

  • Tom

    That is very good news. Now in 120 format and a more sensitive ASA 400 slide film!

  • Mato

    My 203FE is waiting for the 120 version.

  • destroy2153

    I want my Kodachrome back !

    • Zos Xavius

      never going to happen

      • destroy2153

        I know I am dreaming, but if it happens it won’t be by Kodak…

  • Skepticboy

    I wish they would bring it back in 4×5 and 120, but still good news! Now all we need is EIR, HIE and Tech Pan back!

  • saywhatuwill

    WHOO-HOO! Rejoice! After Kodachrome’s demise this was the film I moved to.

  • Rastislav Čvirik

    That’s a great news for analog world. This is why I shoot kodak, suck it fuji! They actually care about keeping their heritage alive.

    • Spy Black

      Huh?

  • benjaminbutton

    Oh yea !!! I hope film labs open again now in Switzerland

  • TinusVerdino

    Get the slides projector out of the box

  • taildraggin

    Yay! now with 120 & 4×5, please! I’m running low on E100G.

  • François Nuq

    Just hope it will come back to 8X10 🙂

  • raziel28

    Nikon, what about the new F7? 🙂

  • Cool news. I’ve never shot it but Kodak makes all my favorite films (Tri-X, Portra, Profoto XL) so I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Mango Messiah, tiny hand/mind

    Cool, I still have a Kodak Medalist carousel projector in mint condition, which I bought back in 1990 when I only shot slide film.

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