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#1 xoct

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:44 AM

I just contacted Rosemary at Kodak (800.621.FILM) to order CAT No. 505 3335 Kodachrome 40 with the processing mailer and was informed that Kodak discontinued this service. This is an obvious shame because it helped to make Super 8 cheaper and more accessible, plus helped in promoting developing at a competent lab in Switzerland. To learn of this the day after the 40th anniversary celebration (08 May) of Super 8 is highly disconcerting. Additionally, yesterday's "global celebration" as was honored here in Portland, Oregon saw Kodak reps pushing 16mm on those of us who can only afford Super 8. This too does not do much for morale for those of us devoted to this format. Mr. Pytlak, can you confirm that Kodak no longer offers the processing mailer for this stock and why this decision was made?
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 03:48 PM

Kodak continues to offer Super-8 KODACHROME Processing at its lab in Switzerland:

Kodak SA Processing Laboratories
Case Postale Ch-1001
Lausanne,
CH
(41) (21) 631-0111
Fax: (41) (21) 631-0150

Super-8 KODACHROME film with the attached processing mailer (CAT Number 505 3335) was discontinued in October 2004:

http://www.kodak.com...PCN100304_Q.pdf

Kodak will announce a new Super-8 reversal camera film in the next few days.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:11 PM

Kodak continues to offer Super-8 KODACHROME Processing at its lab in Switzerland:

Kodak SA Processing Laboratories
Case Postale Ch-1001
Lausanne,
CH
(41) (21) 631-0111
Fax:  (41) (21) 631-0150

Super-8 KODACHROME film with the attached processing mailer (CAT Number 505 3335) was discontinued in October 2004:

http://www.kodak.com...PCN100304_Q.pdf

Kodak will announce a new Super-8 reversal camera film in the next few days.

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That is excellent news John. Good to hear Kodak is now putting in some effort now to attract new customers. I just hope it will be easy to find a lab that will process this new mystery film. Any hints on film type? :rolleyes:

Now, if Kodak would only complete the neg film family with a fine grain, low ASA alternative.
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#4 John Adolfi

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:27 PM

[quote name='John_P_Pytlak' date='May 9 2005, 12:48 PM']
Kodak continues to offer Super-8 KODACHROME Processing at its lab in Switzerland:

Kodak SA Processing Laboratories
Case Postale Ch-1001
Lausanne,
CH
(41) (21) 631-0111
Fax: (41) (21) 631-0150

Super-8 KODACHROME film with the attached processing mailer (CAT Number 505 3335) was discontinued in October 2004:

John that is what I heard from Kodak. However would someone please clear up how to get it there rather than Dwyanes. Example: "Go to Walmart they all now ship to Switz with n o exceptions or get a Kodak mailer and send it to the address on the envelope and it WILL get to switzerland. Or change the address to: bla bla bla and it WILL get to Switzerland."
Another question How do I send the 200 ft. roll of Kodachrome double super-8 John to Switzerland and please share with me the most economical way. Thank you John.

Edited by John Adolfi, 09 May 2005 - 04:27 PM.

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 08:22 PM

Just posted on the Kodak website:

http://www.kodak.com...ws/super8.jhtml

Kodak celebrates 40th anniversary of super 8 film announces new color reversal product to portfolio

ROCHESTER, NY, May 9 -- From its beginnings as the home movie medium of the 1960s, Super 8 film is alive and well and serving a vital segment of today's filmmaking industry.

Eastman Kodak Company remains committed to providing Super 8 camera users a range of products and creative choices. As such, Kodak has added a new color reversal film to its Super 8 portfolio -- the super-saturated, fine grain EKTACHROME 64T motion picture film, available in August of this year.

"Introduced in 1965, Super 8 film has found new life with each new generation of filmmakers that continue to embrace the format," said Bob Mayson, general manager and vice president for Image Capture products, Entertainment Imaging at Eastman Kodak Company. "Forty years after its introduction, this small-gauge film still provides an easy, inexpensive way for students and enthusiasts to work at film resolutions and color depths as yet unmatched by the latest digital technologies."

"In fact, many of today's great cinematographers and directors began their careers decades ago, at the counter of their local photo shop, buying a cartridge of Super 8 film."

"That's why Kodak has continued to invest in the Super 8 business," he added. "And we're just thrilled to introduce this vivid, new emulsion to the marketplace. It's a great new product with very high image quality and excellent color reproduction, providing our Super 8 customers another creative tool for their toolbox."

The new 64T expands the current Super 8 portfolio that includes two black and white reversal films -- in medium and high speeds covering a range of lighting situations.

Super 8 customers will also find latest VISION2 technologies available in 200T and 500T speeds -- incorporating the highest quality images, improved sharpness and grain, along with a full systems approach, optimizing the entire imaging chain.

"With Super 8 gates now available for high end scanners, coupled with the VISION2 film technology advancements, Super 8 is what 16mm film used to be," says Mayson. "Super 8 color negative has become another option for professionals with low budgets."

As part of the portfolio revamp, Kodak will discontinue sales of its Super 8 Kodachrome film. Final sales of Kodachrome Super 8 will be based on product availability over the coming months. Sales of Kodachrome 16mm film will continue, unaffected by this announcement.

The decision to discontinue Kodachrome in Super 8 was driven entirely by marketplace dynamics.

"Because the 'home movie' market has shifted to digital, sales of Kodachrome Super 8 film have declined significantly. In tandem with that decline, the availability of processing for Kodachrome Super 8 cartridges has diminished. In other words, fewer and fewer labs worldwide have the machines and the chemistry necessary to process this film emulsion in the Super 8 format," according to Mayson.

Kodak will give customers at least a year to process their Kodachrome Super 8 film with Kodak or to seek an alternative.

As noted earlier, Kodak remains committed to the Super 8 format, as evidenced by the new film announced today, building on a product line that covers the needs of enthusiasts, from a choice of stocks in negative, Black and White and reversal films. Kodak's intent is to maintain the format as long as it is supported by marketplace conditions.


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