The old ways are going by the wayside, and nowhere is the evidence more apparent than when looking at the once great Kodak company.
Over the last few months any story with Kodak in the title has been a sad one, ranging from “Kodak Shuts Down Camera Business During Restructuring” to “Kodak Files for Bankruptcy…” and now we add one more to the growing list.
Earlier today, sources revealed that Kodak is no longer going to be producing any color reversal film, more commonly known as slide film, leaving FujiFilm as the only remaining purveyor. All of their slide films – including the Ektachrome E100G, E100VS, and Elite Chrome Extra Color – are hereby discontinued, with stocks expected to last 6 to 9 more months.
For those of you who still enjoy shooting slide film on occasion, or maybe even have a stockpile at home, you’ll be glad to hear that Kodak will not discontinue production of its E-6 processing chemicals; however, the film itself will soon be a thing of the past.
Explanations from Kodak abound and are legitimate. Demand is understandably down, and production of color reversal film is no easy manufacturing feat; but I still can’t help but look at this as a “sign of the end,” if you will. As the digital age gains more and more momentum, the days of film are quickly fading, prompting one to ask the question: how long until manufacturers stop producing film all-together?