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Subject: Re: [Leica] Film is Archival
From: "Jeffery L. Smith" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 10:09:27 -0500
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There was a lot of talk in the 1970's that the Ektachrome was more stable 
than earlier versions. I used Ektachrome 50 almost exclusively then for 
scientific photography (macrophototgraphy and photomicrography), and the 
slides still look pretty good. The base of Kodachrome left a 
yellowish/greenish tint. Needless to say, the Kodachromes I took are still 
archivally yellowish/greenish. :-)


At 03:06 AM 6/19/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>Well, not all film is archival- far from it, in fact.
>Back iin the 50's my father took many, many, pictures on colour slide 
>film, He used Agfacolour, Ektachrome, Kodachrome, Orwocolor,
>and a couple of other makes that not longer exist. These were carefully 
>stored in metal slide boxes and projected only occasionally.
>The camera was a Contax IIIa (its metal shutter was better suited to 
>tropical conditions that the Leica's), not that it matters.
>I am sure that members of this list will not be surprised to learn that 
>virtuallly alll have faded, except for the  Kodachromes. It
>is for this reason that I have never used any E-6 emulsions; the 
>short-term advantages are simply not worth the loss of images in
>the long term. List members singing the praises of Fuji or Kodak E-6 
>emulsions need to be aware of this fact.
> > Whatever else, at least at the present, film is the archival medium. You
> > cannot put your CD or DVD away for 75 years, not tend to it much, and 
> expect
> > that it will be easy to use at that time. Standards will change, get much
> > much better, and legacy equipment is likely to become scarcer. Film and
> > prints sit there in the cool, dry, dark and don't do much. For my purposes,
> > which is developing an archive of images, film (Kodachrome) is still the
> > preferred way.
> >
> > I realize this may be a small minority concern.
> >
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