I just listened to Sharky James Peta Pixel’s latest podcast. He made some comments on Kodak, Kodachrome, and other Kodak products. Just my humble opinion, but many people including Sharky say Kodachrome will not be coming back because the chemicals used for the old style film are too harsh for today’s standards. So. Update the product to today’s standards and make the film with the color rendition of the old film. I mean think about it, Ford has been making a Mustang since 1964 1/2. They don’t sell you the same vehicle they made in the old days. They sell you the Mustang experience and look in a more modern car. Kodak can do the same thing.
So just to recap – Kodak should make the new Kodachrome to have the color pallette of the old Kodachrome that people remember and like, but use a more modern chemical set that can pass today’s standards.
Ektachrome – Back in the day I shot lots of slide film. Actually I still shoot some slide film. But back in the day when I shot slide film I mostly shot Kodachrome. Why, it did not fade like Ektachrome. I also liked the color pallette of Kodachrome better. I hope when Ektachrome comes out again this fall that Kodak has a new formulation that does not fade like the old Ektachrome.
Back to Sharky James – From his comments what I get is that film photographers are a small niche and digital photography is what is important today. To me that is incorrect. Film photography is a significantly different process than digital and looks different. When you scan photographic film you scan the result of the chemical film and not the image itself. So you get the digital image of the chemical image capture. To my eye in many cases film gives a better image. They are two different art forms just like black and white photos are different from color. I would guess that both methods of image capture will be around for a while.