Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Kodachrome
From: "Joe Stephenson" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 18:09:20 -0700

Dear Henning,
I;m with you. All my old E. slides are obviously "off." The K slide still
look good. They are seldom used. But to me, the accuracy of the color is
very important, too. I dislike the "hot" colors of some chrome films. They
look like an artist's conception of reality more than a representation of
it. I oftem respond more to subtle colors rather than the "stick it in your
eye" school.
Joe Stephenson

- -----Original Message-----
>As for the archival qualities; I know that Kodachromes I have from the 40's
>are still OK, I don't have any useable non-Kodachromes from later than 20
>years ago, and most of those are toast. Maybe my Kodachromes haven't 'seen
>the light' enough, but none have any appreacheable fading. As the common
>wisdom holds, I don't want to find out 25 years from now (if I'm still
>around) that the artificial aging tests done on the E-6 stuff wasn't quite
>right. Obviously, E-6 has made tremendous strides, but PKR hasn't gotten
>worse (except for the processing turnaround).
>I shoot Velvia (when circumstances force me to), Provia and Astia
>professionally because of the quick turnaround, but for my personal stuff I
>shoot Kodachrome. Leica M's are fine with it.
>   *            Henning J. Wulff
>  /|\      Wulff Photography & Design
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