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Posted 30 June 2006 - 04:50 PM

Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it will
consolidate the processing of Kodachrome film for North America and Europe at
a Kodak-certified third party facility in the United States. Effective
September 30, 2006, Kodak will discontinue all Kodachrome processing
activities at its photo processing lab in Renens, Switzerland due to low
volumes.

Kodachrome Super 8 film must be received by Kodak's lab in Renens,
Switzerland by September 25, 2006 in order for that film to obtain Kodak-
certified processing. No Kodak-certified processing for Super 8 film will be
available after that date. This extends the previously announced final
processing date by approximately two months, in order to give customers
adequate time to process their Super 8 images through Kodak's certified
facility.

For 16mm customers who have paid for processing within the purchase price of
their Kodachrome film, Kodak will continue to offer processing by shipping
orders to Dwayne's Photo of Parsons, Kansas. This will be at no additional
cost to the customer through December 31, 2006. After that date, Kodachrome
16mm film processing costs, as well as the responsibility for shipping that
product to Dwayne's, must be borne by the customer.

More detail on the processing of Kodak's Kodachrome 35mm slide film can be
found under a separate press release specific to that marketplace.

Kodak also announced that manufacture of Kodachrome 16mm film (cat #1402494)
has been discontinued. Final sales of this product -- sold predominantly in
North America -- will be based on product availability over the coming
months. Sales of the European-based Kodachrome 16mm film with processing
costs included (cat #5053327) were discontinued earlier this year. Kodak
exited Kodachrome Super 8 in May of 2005.

According to Kim Snyder, general manager and vice president for Image Capture
products, Entertainment Imaging at Eastman Kodak Company, "The rationale to
discontinue the manufacture, sale and processing of these motion picture
product lines was entirely driven by marketplace dynamics. Sales of
Kodachrome motion picture film have declined significantly over the past few
years. However, Kodak remains committed to its motion picture film portfolio,
and to providing its customers a range of products and creative choices."

Kodak now offers the new KODAK EKTACHROME Film 64T (film code 7280) in Super
8 format, as well as KODAK EKTACHROME 100D as an alternative for its
Kodachrome 16mm users. This 100-speed color reversal motion picture film
(film code 7285) is designed for daylight, and also delivers very saturated
color, a neutral gray scale and accurate skin tones. Both films require E6
processing. For more information about Kodak's motion picture film portfolio,
please visit: www.kodak.com/go/motion
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