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Kodak to discontinue Kodachrome film

Posted June 22, 2009 in Product News

By the end of this year, Kodak’s Kodachrome film will be no more. Given that it uses a different chemical process to develop than normal slide film, almost no-one offers processing any more. I think the only surprise is that it took as long as it did to get the axe, but it is the [...]

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Why are we still shooting slide film? answered by Ken Wronkiewicz

Posted April 29, 2006 in Op-Ed

Ken Wronkiewicz posted a rebuttal to my recent article, Why are we still shooting slide film?, bringing up something I completely failed to consider: slide film has a greater Drange (density range) than print film does. This means that while you give up dynamic range, you get a significantly better contrast range in what you [...]

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Why are we still shooting slide film?

Posted April 16, 2006 in Op-Ed

The ~5 stops that most slide film can capture is simply not enough for many non-studio lighting situations. It’s quite common to be faced with the choice of having to severely blow out a bright area or severely block up shadows. Landscape photographers who shoot with view cameras or SLRs can sometimes get around this with split ND filters, but not everybody can take 20 minutes to set up a shot, not every subject has a brightness boundary that falls in a conveniently straight line, and there are plently of cameras that don’t let you look through the lens to see what you’re doing (rangefingers, TLRs, pinholes, toys, etc.), so it’s not a solution for everybody.

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