From: Pip Chodorov (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2006 - 16:03:57 PDT
They are not making more but are selling out their stock. Try
different cash and carry desks, or ask who else retailed it.
The real story behind why Kodak wanted to phase out Kodachrome is
that it was the only stock made in their French factory in Chalon,
which closed last year. Chalon primarily cut down wide rolls sent
from Rochester for the European market; they also made x-ray film,
and they made Kodachrome. Kodak felt it was not worth moving
Kodachrome production to Rochester; the machines were old and they
only sold 100,000 cartridges a year anyway and it was expensive to
keep Lausanne going, so there was no profit in it. It's too bad they
didn't decide to actually market it instead of discontinuing it - the
best publicity Kodachrome got was when it was discontinued; nobody
knew it still existed, and today people tell me they heard Super-8 is
discontinued (all super-8, not just k40, which of course isn't true),
so Kodak is even more out of touch than ever with their consumers.
There is money in Kodachrome if somebody wants to make it. Kodak
doesn't know how.
>Pip-- a month ago I was told by Kodak that 16mm Kodachrome was also
>no longer available. Is this mistaken?? I'd love to get my hands on
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