Originally Posted by why
Had to do it.
Of course you did!
Originally Posted by wmmk
I don't really shoot slides, but the day they phase out Portra 160 and 400, I will probably go weep in a cave or some shit like that.
I'm a slide guy, though I recently shot a couple of rolls of Ektar and liked it a lot.
When I got back into film photography about a year and a half ago, I went to the local film emporium expecting to find Kodachrome readily available. When I couldn't find it, I actually experienced the only panic attack of my life. It felt like a cartwheeling freefall into an abyss. Since then, there's been this big hole in my photographic life where Kodachrome used to be. Weeping in a cave is an apt metaphor.
I was basically married to Kodachrome 64 for ten years starting in '79 when I got my first Nikon F2. My first roll was shot entirely with a 200 f4 Nikkor-Q (the only lens I had at the time, given to me by a photojournalist friend of the family), and there were lots of keepers. Last weekend, I sorted the roughly 300 Kodachromes that represent my best photos from that period (clearly I couldn't afford much film in my teens) and took them to my local lab to be scanned. They'll be making their way to my Flickr gallery sometime next week.
I've also just purchased 36 rolls of Kodachrome 64 that I'll be shooting over the next couple of months, and when my supply gets low I'll order two dozen more. I'm ridiculously excited about still being able to shoot Kodachrome!
But I'm also sad that it's on the brink of extinction. Not that I don't love me some Velvia, but with its narrow exposure latitude, it's not Kodachrome by a rather large margin (and I'll be doing a comparison). When Kodachrome is gone, it will be the end of a golden era in Photography.
Don't miss the boat. Everybody, get out and shoot some Kodachrome while you still have the chance. If you're of the digital generation who has never even shot film, do yourself a favor and shoot some Kodachrome just so you can tell your future grandkids you did -- and show them the actual physical slides! Dust off some old film camera and experience the iconic film for yourself.
You can get it at Adorama
, Just Film
and a number of other places (Amazon's price is fucking ridiculous, so fuck them). Send it to Dwayne's for processing (by good old snail mail like back in the day).
Celebrate 75 years of the most successful film in history and maybe help keep it around a while.