Kodak is now shipping Ektachrome rolls out to testers

Aug 14, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Kodak is now shipping Ektachrome rolls out to testers

Aug 14, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The noise surrounding Ektachrome’s return has been quite fascinating. A lot of people are getting very excited, and also very impatient about it coming back. Originally announced at CES 2017 Kodak later said a “limited supply” would become available for testing with general availability in 2018.

Things are a bit behind schedule, though. And we’re only now hearing of the first test rolls going out.

UK based photographer Jason Hu posted images of his back of 10 rolls of test film to Facebook with the caption “Brand new!”

Another user on Reddit also posted a screen capture of photographer Benj Haisch’s Instagram story where he shows off a similar brick of new Ektachrome.

These are just test rolls, though, going out to select photographers. The film’s still not quite out for the general public, and Kodak has not yet released a firm date for when it will go on general sale. But the fact that it’s going out to testers means we’re another step closer.

It’s nice to see Kodak actually able to bring some of these films back. It’s nice because it means the demand for film is higher again, which means more people are shooting it. and that’s always a good thing.

After the reintroduction of T-Max 3200 earlier in the year, I’m looking forward to seeing what Kodak might bring back next. And I’m also hoping that the general release of Ektachrome won’t take too much longer, either.

[via Kosmo Foto]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Kodak is now shipping Ektachrome rolls out to testers”

  1. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    I’m hoping that Kodak will bring back BW400CN.

    1. Rick Scheibner Avatar
      Rick Scheibner

      Ilford XP2

      1. Ralph Hightower Avatar
        Ralph Hightower

        Yea, there’s XP2, I’ve shot both, but I prefer BW400CN over XP2.

  2. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    “Fascinated”?