Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/02/10

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Subject: [Leica] When did Kodachrome really die?
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:12:00 +0100
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Very good point, Sonny. My trajectory was similar to yours. When I lived in 
Switzerland from 2000 to 2003, I used Kodachrome as my primary color film (I 
had used it while living in the US and Belgium prior to that as well, but 
more mixed with E6 stuff). Turnaround was good, 3-4 days usually, since 
Kodak's European processing was all done in Lausanne. But in 2003 I moved to 
the Netherlands and the turnaround time became 2-3 weeks all of a sudden, 
while on the other hand there was a good pro lab on my way to work which had 
same-day E6 service. So it was all various flavors of Fujichrome from then 
on. In late 2004 I bought my first DSLR and I have not shot any color film 
since (B&W, yes, but no color).

I think many of the tears over the loss of Kodachrome were shed by people 
who had stopped using it long ago and were really nostalgic about their 
youth rather than the actual film.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Feb 10, 2011, at 3:53 PM, Sonny Carter wrote:

> The huge recent flurry of publicity notwithstanding, I was wondering, how
> many LUG shooters were REALLY still regularly shooting Kodachrome?
> I really can't remember the last roll I shot.  It probably was in the
> 1970's, maybe earlier.
> When Primary Color opened in New Orleans and offered two Ektachrome runs a
> day, I kissed Kodachrome goodbye.
> I mentioned this before but it was buried in another thread.
> I'm just wondering, how long has it been since you shot the stuff, not
> counting this recent "drink the kool-aid" rush.
> -- 
> Regards,
> Sonny
> Natchitoches, Louisiana
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