Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/06/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Film is Archival
From: "A. Lal" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 19:28:16 -0400
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With slide film, I'd rather be safe than sorry. Not sure how valid these claims are.

> 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. :-)
> Jeffery
> 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.
> >
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