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.

      • John Madere

        Kodak’s E-6 films (Ektachrome) existed alongside Kodachrome for decades and the former were always considered inferior to the latter. Kodak’s lock on the market and its arrogance prevented improvements to those films. When Fujichrome’s E-6 films came out they began rapidly improving and their quality quickly surpassed both Kodachrome and Ektachrome films. Serious professionals recognized this and began abandoning Kodak transparency films in droves. If that wasn’t bad enough for Kodak they later reacted much too slowly to the digital revolution that they helped create. If you miss Kodachrome its more likely you were in your prime when it was.

    • 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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