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Kodak drops Kodachrome film as photographers turn digital

 6th Jun 2009

Kodak’s oldest camera film, Kodachrome, is being discontinued after 75 years.

The decision has been made as the market for film is slowing due to the digital camera revolution. Kodachrome now accounts for just 1% of the firm’s still-picture-film sales and just one lab produces all the Kodachrome film for the entire global market.

The film was a favourite among photographers back in the 1960s and 1970s when it was favoured for the richness and colour that it brought to images. These fans are often the same photographers who feel this richness is lacking in modern digital photography.

The film was used to capture many of the world’s most important events over these decades and was even used to snap the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. Later, in 1973, Paul Simon immortalised the film with the song ‘Kodachrome’ in which he sings about rich colours.

The Boots chain has been one of the few UK retailers to continue selling the film, but stocks are expected to run out in Autumn. So if you are a fan of Kodachrome, you may be wise to stock up now.

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