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Old 06-22-09, 05:00 PM
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OT: Loss of another legend

So listening to the news - feeling old. Learned the last roll of Kodachrome is set to come off the line. I have fond memories with my SLR camera. Of course I have even founder memories of that Paul Simon song - blasting across the radio while I was cruisin with the top down in my T-bird - another casualty of time. Oh well - I know what I'll be sing'in when I'm out for my training ride at 6AM

Baby don't take my Kodachrome away...
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Old 06-22-09, 05:09 PM
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Funny you should mention that.

Just yesterday, as my wife and I were driving back from Iowa, I was listening to the Paul Simon song on the radio. I mentioned to my wife that the song was passe' and our grandkids might not even know what Kodachrome was.
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Someday I'm going to finish scanning all my kodachromes, and ektachromes, and agfachromes, and fujichromes(??).
When I have time.

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Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
So listening to the news - feeling old. Learned the last roll of Kodachrome is set to come off the line. I have fond memories with my SLR camera. Of course I have even founder memories of that Paul Simon song - blasting across the radio while I was cruisin with the top down in my T-bird - another casualty of time. Oh well - I know what I'll be sing'in when I'm out for my training ride at 6AM

Baby don't take my Kodachrome away...
I have fond memories too. Fond memories of weekly paychecks back when I used to make the stuff.
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I have fond memories too. Fond memories of weekly paychecks back when I used to make the stuff.
I remember you saying that back some time ago. It is sad NY chased out so many great technology companies - Rachacha was really one of the first High Tech centers in the US. Now there are just a few left trying to survive.
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Has anyone gone to look at the major camera sites to see what is happening to film cameras? Canon and Nikon for instance? I am surprised film has lasted as long as it has.
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Has anyone gone to look at the major camera sites to see what is happening to film cameras? Canon and Nikon for instance? I am surprised film has lasted as long as it has.

Canon no longer produces film cameras. Nikon produces one entry level SLR. Pentax none, Minolta, out of business. There are a few cheap no-name point and shoot style out there and of course disposables. Film will be around for some time, but won't be easily found. Digital outperforms film at the 35mm size, so it's demise is not all that surprising.Medium and large format film cameras are still being produced, and it seems there is a sort of cult following that keeps those formats going.
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My wife was watching the news last night and came running into my office to tell me of the passing. She was really upset, which I found to be ironic, considering that she has taken a total of maybe a dozen pics in her life. Still sad however, but I am keeping my vinyl records just in case of a comeback.

A little more upsetting was the fact that we were listening to some Simon and Garfunkel on Sunday and "Old Friends" came on. We both picked up on the line "how terribly strange to be 70" and remarked that 70 used to seem such a long way off, but not so much anymore, since I am 60 and she almost 60.
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Some of us never thought we would have to glue or repair a "sew up tire" after getting high pressure clinchers back in the late 70's. Someone will step up or continue to make film for the "classic/vintage photography" folks.
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Some of us never thought we would have to glue or repair a "sew up tire" after getting high pressure clinchers back in the late 70's. Someone will step up or continue to make film for the "classic/vintage photography" folks.
At 3X the price probably. Hoarding some in the fridge might be the ticket.
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Well, it was coming. SLR digital cameras are expensive. But you can process the images extensively and far beyound your wildest dreams during film days. Also, taking shots is completely free. How much better can it get. Still, hearing of Kodachrome's passing with its fine grain and lush color was sad.
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Kodachrome and now Ed McMahon.
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I am currently having one of those analog/chemical/physical/old school vs. digital debates with my wife. Although both of us have completely embraced digital audio in place of the vinyl records and reel-to-reel magnetic tape we owned when we got married 36 years ago today, and although neither of us would ever want to give up DVDs to return to VHS tape, she still wants me to repair her Minolta XG-M, even though I bought her a nice Nikon D-80 a couple of years ago. She concedes that digital has numerous advantages, but to her trained artist's eye, some of her film prints simply look better than anything she has been able to do digitally. (She even used to develop her own negatives when we were UCLA undergrads.) I keep insisting that she needs to experiment more with the color values on the monitor and the printer, to make the RGB better predict the final CMYK, but she insists that she simply cannot get certain hues, such as some of the deep purples, in digital.
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Kodachrome and now Ed McMahon.
I just noticed your location. I lived in Huntington Harbour and attended Marina High School from 1964 to 1968, so I "know where you live." I have lots of fond memories of Surf City.
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Medium and large format film cameras are still being produced, and it seems there is a sort of cult following that keeps those formats going.
Traded in my Yashicamat 124G TLR for a simple digital camera several years ago. That Nikon Coolpix camera has been replaced twice.

I understand the appeal of 120 film - scanning old negatives reveals amazing detail.
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I just noticed your location. I lived in Huntington Harbour and attended Marina High School from 1964 to 1968, so I "know where you live." I have lots of fond memories of Surf City.
Never went to Marina but daughter did when Kobe Bryant's wife attended. She's a second generation Bruin.
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