Re: [Frameworks] Plus X Reversal discontinued

From: Roger Beebe (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jun 28 2010 - 11:54:20 PDT


The loss of Plus-X is a pretty big problem for those of us still fighting to teach 16mm in a university context. I teach a 16mm production class every third semester, and Plus-X has been my primary teaching stock for the first half of the semester. I guess we'll have to make Tri-X work now (although shooting outdoors in Florida means I'll have to teach them quickly about ND filters!). It's really disheartening to see the way that Kodak sabotages the efforts of the few remaining folks who are looking to initiate people to shooting (and finishing on) film. I know my 15 students every third semester doesn't account for a lot of Kodak's bottom line, but I also know that many students who've come through that class have gone on to shoot hundreds of rolls on their own projects after graduating.

Going down with the ship.

On Jun 28, 2010, at 9:51 AM, Pip Chodorov wrote:

> Three weeks ago I spoke to C.J. Johnson, world product manager at
> Kodak responsible for Super-8. I called him because it's getting hard
> to buy Super-8 from Kodak in Paris, even though they are releasing
> new stocks. He confirmed that PLUS-X is gone, but TRI-X will remain
> available.
> He is excited about the new Ektachrome 100D, though he realizes it's
> impractical to configure the cameras. I suggested he at least include
> a blue filter in the box for indoor filming, because the cameras are
> all equipped only with orange filters for Tungsten-balanced stock,
> and he is considering. He loves the new Vision 3 stocks and will be
> discontinuing the 200T vision 2 and replacing it with 200T vision 3.
> He is also hoping to release 50D in Super-8. But these are negative
> stocks and as of yet there is no printing material to make positives.
> We spoke about that too.
> He is open to suggestions and curious for comments, so if you post
> them here I can forward them.
> -Pip
> At 9:39 -0700 28/06/10, Bernard Roddy wrote:
>> Whoa! Called Kodak. Yes, Plus-X is discontinued and out of stock.
>> There's still Tri-X. What an omen. Could a supplier discontinue an
>> oil paint?
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