Bringing back Kodak Kodachrome film is “unlikely”


Dennis Olbrich, president of Kodak Alaris, said that bringing back the Kodak Kodachrome film is "unlikely":

While the ever-popular Kodachrome is not off the table, it's unlikely to make a comeback in the near future. "I would love for it to be Kodachrome, obviously," says Olbrich. "It's such an iconic film – that rich saturation, the graininess that people love. But it’s a very difficult proposition to get that whole infrastructure back in place."

Kodak Alaris is the company that took over Kodak's film photography businesses:

Kodak Alaris acquired the stills film division as part of a settlement with Kodak's UK pension scheme, during its restructuring under the US's Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection process. US-based Eastman Kodak manufactures the film on the UK company's behalf and still sells cine film and filmstocks for the movie industry.

Note: the Kodak EKTACHROME film is still coming back.

Via Time, Kodak, picture source: Wikipedia

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  • Spy Black

    Not surprising, but kinda sad that all the hopes got up.

  • AntonyShepherd

    With Kodachrome, the problem was always going to be the whole infrastructure involved in processing it.
    Hopefully they can make it up to us by bringing back infra-red film.

  • animalsbybarry

    Kodachrome requires much more elaborate processing equipment than Ectachrome
    That is why Kodak eliminated even before the digital revolution
    It is even less practical now

    • Abiatha Swelter

      It survived quite a while into the digital times, but it is true that Kodachrome’s decline began when E-6 processing came along.

    • harvey

      wasn’t it stopped in 2010? Digital had been around for awhile …

  • Alfonso

    I still have several rolls of both Kodachrome 64 and Kodachrome 200 in my fridge… Expired, yes, but refrigerated.

  • destroy2153

    Noooooo !!!!
    By the way E-6 processing is a very simple processing I do regularly in my kitchen (using Tetenal process since Kodak stops its own…). How difficult is the process K-14 so that no small infrastucture seems to be able to do it ?

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