Re: kodachrome slide film

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Mar 27 2008 - 18:23:00 PDT

Sadly, the late John Pytlak would have been a great person to ask-- he was a
big engineering executive at Kodak in the MP division and knew everything and
 visited all the boards often. He's very much missed.
But, there's a retired chemist from Kodak who is active at Photo-Net named
Rowland Mowrey. He seems to have many contacts still in Rochester and is privy
to all sorts of semi-secret information-- such as how many shifts the coating
 plants there are working (not too many these days.)
I first discovered him when people tried to argue about the impossibility of
hand- processing Kodachrome. Very informative here:
I have heard nothing about the full elimination of all Kodachrome. They were
still finishing it for 35mm use, not MP any more-- I'm sure they've long
stopped coating it but that doesn't mean much. Yes, K-40 stopped being made
about 5 years ago.
Maybe she meant Kodachrome processing?-- Kodak stopped that a year and a
half ago-- only Dwaynes does it now.
What do you need to know?
In a message dated 3/27/2008 1:57:13 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

hi there,

does anyone have a contact at Kodak who actually knows a bit about how
the 64D slide film is prepared. I have been bugging the motion picture
rep in Toronto for months trying to get some idea what the 35mm bulk
roll lengths are before they are cut into 6 foot chunks (36exp) and
have just been told by the sales drone here that 'all Kodachrome has
been discontinued'... I am so completely aware that K40 is gone and was
very specific about the 64D emulsion that I was looking for but alas
after about 6 months of back and forth and her trying to sell me on the
5285 100D, I am finished discussing the matter with her. I guess I am
looking for a contact in Rochester who is involved in still film
manufacturing. Sorry to rant but the lack of knowledge most of the
kodak reps I have delt with about older emulsions and laboratory stocks
is frightening. All they seem to know is that the Vision 3 stock is
'just the best stock ever' like the marketing people have trained them
to do... Not surprised the company is hurting.... the reps should be
shipped off to the Red Camera folks where 'resolution' is more
important than texture.

john price, toronto.

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