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    RIP Kodachrome

    Thanks for all of the wonderful memories Kodak.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communit...into-history/1

    I like my digital camera. It makes thinks so easy and it has caused to take a lot more photos because there is no longer a printing cost on a wasted photo but there was just something about a film camera that digital will ever have.



    I still have some of the old slides around somewhere.
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    RIP Kodachrome, the best slide film ever made.

    I tried so hard last year to find a couple more rolls but people were snatching it up by the brick, (Hoarders), Now they are stuck with film they can't process and I didn't get to run a roll of K64 through the old Pentax for old times sake.
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    All good things must pass. I was more of an Ektachrome guy, but mainly because I could get my slides back quicker.

    The passing of film photography has been of my great disappointments. While I still can't bring myself to get rid of all my SLRs and Rangefinders, as I love them so, when it's time to shoot, I grab the Canon T1i kit or whip out my IPhone for found images.
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    I still love doing film photography. My current favorite film is Kodak Ektar 100. Takes some nice pics.
    31_31.jpg
    But I still use my digital camera most of the time, just because it's so easy, fast ans cheap.

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    RIP Kodachrome.

    I was more of a Fuji Velvia 100F shooter. When I ran that through my Nikon F5 or my Mamiya 645, it was stunning.

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    I used to use a lot of Kodachrome for vacation photos. I think most pros switched to Velvia but I stuck with Kodak. I have processed Ektachrome myself but the process for Kodachrome was way too complex for that. I've read the arguments of film vs. digital, but I like my digital camera too much to consider going back to film.

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    RIP, Kodachrome. I'm glad Steve McCurry got the last roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    It'd be interesting to see the last image from the last developed roll of Kodachrome.
    It's posted here.

    I wasn't really impressed with the final frame photo of the statues.
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    Kodaker here.

    I was always a Kodacolor guy, now I'm Canon Digital and enjoying photography more than ever.

    I used to coat the light sensitive layers of emulsion onto Kodachrome and Ektachrome. Somehow, through lucky job transfers, I still have a job with the company.

    The good old film days are gone. The comfortable paychecks and good benifits are gone, but life goes on.

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    My mom was a Kodaker at the old Findlay plant for 10 years. I spent my childhood with a plastic "Stained glass shade" Kodak lamp on my nightstand.

    I'm going to have to get some Ektachrome to play with I guess, but I sure like my Canon DSLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Kodaker here.

    I was always a Kodacolor guy, now I'm Canon Digital and enjoying photography more than ever.

    I used to coat the light sensitive layers of emulsion onto Kodachrome and Ektachrome. Somehow, through lucky job transfers, I still have a job with the company.

    The good old film days are gone. The comfortable paychecks and good benifits are gone, but life goes on.
    Hey cranky, stop into B-27 some time, I might be working.
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    I shot some Kodachrome,-- KII, K25, and K64 -- but could never get satisfied with shipping it off for processing when the quickish trip through the dark to light of E-6 produced only slightly delayed gratification with Ektachrome and Velvia.

    Today, that Kodachrome look is only a few minutes away in ACR and PS just so the carbon-based equipment behind the viewfinder was in working order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    Hey cranky, stop into B-27 some time, I might be working.
    Maybe some weekend when I'm out inspecting the Solvent Pipelines....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Maybe some weekend when I'm out inspecting the Solvent Pipelines....

    Are you in 53 or distilling?
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    My Father started at Kodak just out of the Service - as an Apprentice - he took an early retirement (mid 50's - when things started looking iffy and there were cut backs and layoffs planned) - he grew up with the Kodak prosperity - as well as did the very large workforce in Rochester - and then came the Polaroid years, etc etc - and finally digital. These pics (several years ago) are of just one building removed from Kodak Park - where much of the film was made - it looks quite empty down there now as the whole "block" was nothing but large industrial buildings.

    In the second pic - you can see several people watching the implosions - many were retirees - there were some sad interviews in the paper.

    Bldg 29






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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    Are you in 53 or distilling?
    I started out in B-29. After 25 years, I left for greener pastures as things weren't looking any too good in Aqueous Film Emulsion Coating.

    I landed in B-329, Solvent Coating. It was basicly the same process only with volitile solutions. I spent 4 years in B-329 when, sensing impending doom I managed to transfer to B-322 (Distilling).

    I've been in Distilling now for 10 years. Both B-29 & B-329 were razed within two years of my departures. I sometimes remind my co-workers of that fact in an effort to get them to treat me special lest I decide to leave and allow the same fate to be-fall them!

    I'll have 40 years of service this Spring and will celebrate my 60th birthday shortly afterwards. I need to stay indefinately due to the most recent changes to the retiree Health Care Benefits.

    Hey, it's a job.

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    I wasn't so impressed with that last frame. Sounds like his may have been the last roll developed.

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    I missed the deadline! I had a last roll of K 64 in my camera, and I was intending to shoot it so I could get it developed but I procrastinated and now its all over.

    There is still hope. Filmrescue.com will develop Kodachrome, but only a B and W negative image. I guess its something if you had important photos. Damn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    I wasn't so impressed with that last frame. Sounds like his may have been the last roll developed.
    It was Dwaynes (owner of the business) personal stock. Last picture was of the employees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    My Father started at Kodak just out of the Service - as an Apprentice - he took an early retirement (mid 50's - when things started looking iffy and there were cut backs and layoffs planned) - he grew up with the Kodak prosperity - as well as did the very large workforce in Rochester - and then came the Polaroid years, etc etc - and finally digital. These pics (several years ago) are of just one building removed from Kodak Park - where much of the film was made - it looks quite empty down there now as the whole "block" was nothing but large industrial buildings.

    In the second pic - you can see several people watching the implosions - many were retirees - there were some sad interviews in the paper.

    Bldg 29





    The first two pictures are of B-23, it was mostly engineering. The third one is of B-69. Building 29 is still standing but probably not for long - 14 room is set close this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
    It was Dwaynes (owner of the business) personal stock. Last picture was of the employees.
    Ok, that makes sense. In the guys blog posted ealier, he made it sound like his was even the last roll processed. Maybe I read too much into it or maybe he wrote it more strongly that it should have been.

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