Kodak has reported its financial results for Q3 2019. They have announced that their film business has grown by 21% in the last quarter over the previous year. This looks very promising for Kodak’s future in film, although they report that overall profits are down, noting a $5 million loss on revenues of $315 million.
In this age of the fight against plastic, cardboard has become a common construction material again. Coffee places the world over have switched out to cardboard straws, Google Cardboard remains one of the most popular VR “headsets” for your phone, and now Kodak is using cardboard to make their new Mobile Film Scanner.
“Scanning” film with a phone or digital camera is not a new idea, but it typically comes at a heavy expense. But for those who want to scan with their phone, they usually don’t want to spend a lot of money. Kodak’s new Mobile Film Scanner only costs $40.
According to a recent rumor, some or all of Kodak Alaris film business might be sold as soon as March current year. Reportedly, the company has out its film, paper and photo chemical assets up for sale in an attempt to cover around $2.7 billion worth of debt.
I haven’t put a jigsaw together since I was a kid. I remember them being a lot of fun, although they rarely had more than a couple of hundred pieces. I’m not sure if I’d ever consider doing one again, but if I did, I think it would have to be this one – assuming I can find a space large enough.
This is Kodak’s “World’s Largest Puzzle“, which is a 51,300 piece jigsaw measuring 8.7 x 1.9m (28.5′ x 6.25′). It’s actually 27 puzzles in one, each featuring different “Wonders from around the world”, but each of those 27 puzzles connects to each other to form the huge overall piece.
To those who follow my work closely, you may know that I consider myself a large format photographer. I will photograph with a medium format camera, particularly when I’m trying to save weight on a backpacking trip or save time when I’m teaching a photography workshop, but 35mm has been somewhat shunned in my arsenal, being a format I deemed too small to be used effectively for my work.
Kodak’s been struggling to regain its place in the world of photography ever since it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012. At the time they said that “Since 2008, despite Kodak’s best efforts, restructuring costs and recessionary forces have continued to negatively impact the company’s liquidity position”. Basically, they’re not making enough money.
But why? Well, according to Cheddar’s take, it’s all down to the fact that they ignored the future of photography and the march towards digital. He suggests that Kodak intentionally shunned digital because it would be competing with and eating into the sales of its other primary product – film.
While the Kodak name doesn’t have the same impact it once did, Kodak is still out there and they’ve kicked off CES 2019 with several new gear announcements. There are two new models of Kodak Smile instant camera. There’s the Kodak Smile Classic and the regular Kodak Smile.
There’s a Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer, too, compatible with iOS and Android devices and can be sent photos via Bluetooth for printing from your Smartphone. And, finally, Kodak is also expanding their Luma range with three new Luma 75, Luma 150 and Luma 350 projectors.
The Kodak Ektachrome E100 film is finally being shipped to distributors worldwide, and some of us can’t wait to get our hands on a few rolls of it. Photographer Peter Guttman was lucky to be one of the few beta testers of the film, and he kindly shared with DIYP some of the images he took. And just as I imagined – they’re gorgeous.
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 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.