It’s been over a year since Kodak announced that it is bringing Ektachrome film back to the market. And now it’s finally happening: Kodak Ektachrome will soon start shipping to distributors worldwide. Very soon, all you film enthusiasts will be able to buy a roll or five of Ektachrome35mm and shoot away!
The rumors of Ektachrome’s return began back in January 2017, and the company confirmed it in September the same year. The first test shots were revealed in June 2018, which I believe got film photographers even more excited. Then, two months later, rolls of Ektachrome were shipped out to testers, although they still weren’t available to the general public. However, it did mark a step closer to making the film available worldwide, and this is finally happening.
Kodak writes that Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film E100 will begin shipping to distributors and stock house dealers “immediately.” It will be available worldwide, and initially only in 135/36x. Kodak Ektachrome 7294 Color Reversal Film in the Super 8 format will be available starting from 1 October 2018. As for Ektachrome products in the 16mm format, they will “follow later this year,” Kodak writes.
So, all of you who still like shooting film, you will soon be able to insert a roll of Kodak Ektachrome in your camera. I don’t shoot film much nowadays, but I did when I was a kid (I’m old enough to remember the days before digital cameras). I remember that Ektachrome E100 was a “go-to” film, available everywhere. So, personally, I can’t wait to get my hands on it, put it in my dad’s old Zenit camera and remember my childhood. : ) What about you?