Kodak Reintroduces Ektachrome.

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    Good effin heavens.
    That isn't a fake site is it?
    Huge, if true, as they say
     
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    Wow.
    Very good news if this is true and they can find a market.
    Would put pressure on Fuji to keep their E6 films available.
    Need to find a good lab now.
     
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    that's the actual kodak alaris site.
     
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    Not to be a "wet blanket" but one has to wonder -- given that the availability of E6 processing has been plummeting over the years, will this work? I know I have pretty much given up on color film as getting it processed takes too long and costs a lot, especially transparencies. The last roll of 120 Fuji I had done took me three weeks to get back from a small local chain that does it in house but apparently waits until they have a pile to do. I understand that thinking, but I found it discouraging.

    None the less, if they are seeing the sales potential to make the move, hey -- go for it!
     
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    http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/Pre...ck_a_Classic_with_EKTACHROME_Film/default.htm

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    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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    Mods, there are now two almost identical threads on this> Time to merge?

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    I'd be amazed if alaris were to reintroduce a film without being sure there were potential sales to support it. They are after all owned by the kodak UK pension fund and they won't be throwing money around for fun.
    Just consider the effort involved at Rochester to get the line rolling for this!
    I sort of wish I wanted to shoot e6 but it's just not my thing :sad:
     
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    Great news. I can shoot film again now that I don't have a darkroom to print my negative.
     
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    Extraordinary good news. I'll be interested to find out its technical specifications, i.e. how it compares to E100G, which I consider to have been the finest Ektachrome ever. Assuming it's as good, then a 120 version (on the same 4.7 mil base as TMAX films) could make Alaris very profitable.
     
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    This is great news, of course. So what does it take to "reintroduce" a film after five years -- especially one that was the last of its kind?
     
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    I almost cried. This is excellent news, because finally Kodak will keep Fujichrome prices in check (they have been rising and rising)...
     
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    Good news, but seems to be limited to 135 format.
     
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    Baby steps.
     
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    Great! I'll be buying some and re-energizing my E6 process. Glad I kept my Wing-Lynches.
     
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    What an amazing announcement. I am so happy to be able to shoot this film again.

    Here's hoping for more - I'm sure this was to test the waters. If it does well, we'll hopefully see more emulsions and more formats in the future! This is how it happened with Ektar 100 - 35mm first, then 120 and sheet a year or so later.

    Great news today!
     
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    Yeah, April is still 3 months away, so I doubt they are joking around....
     
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    If 135 sells then 120 will follow, because at the end what they produce is wide master rolls thar are then cut and packaged to the required format.

    My RB67 is hungry for some Ektachrome...
     
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    WTF? Next you know they will bring back Kodachrome...
     
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    Excellent news!

    I gotta ask though, wonder what Ferrania will think?

    Jim B.
     
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    hope if it is 120 size they fix the wrapping/backing paper issues they currently have...
     
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    Jaw dropping news! literally!
    IIRC each format has a different base thickness thus different master rolls. Also, in the press release there is a mention of it going out in Super 8, which aligns it with the rumour of Jeff Clarke pondering making E6 again!
    I wonder the impact that it will have on Ferrania, though. If the market stretches it might be good for an E6 revival. Provia, Ektachrome, Ferrania.

    It may very well be Ektachrome 100G, but maybe it has a slight improvement? PE's recollection on film production was that some E6 know-how/machinery may give difficulties reproducing the film line.
     
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