Finally some good news in the news as Kodak Brings Back a Classic with EKTACHROME Film
However politically f***ked up things were in 2016, and however many great musicians and actors we lost, there were two small glimmers of positivity …. vinyl music sales overtook digital for the first time in ages, and the resurgence of film was strong enough to convince Kodak to bring back Ektachrome. Neither of which is going to save the world or raise the dead, but surely both signs that the world has not entirely gone mad!
Over the past couple of years I have fallen in love with Fuji’s reversal / slide films, Provia and Velvia. Especially Velvia. Slide film has a gorgeously distinctive and vibrant look, and is ideal for scanning. Its far easier to get the colours right scanning slides rather than negatives. Aesthetically nothing compares, and I find it a perfect analogue acquisition format for integrating into a digital post production workflow. Kodak had discontinued the last of their reversal films back in 2012 and since Fuji have announced the death of several film stocks over the past couple of years, it seemed entirely possible that we could soon end up with no commercially available slide films.
Whilst writing this I noticed the availability of another slide film, Agfa Photo Precisa 100, which rather took me by surprise as I had thought Fuji was the only option. However, according to FirstCall Photographic’s website, Agfa Photo Precisa 100 is relatively new on the market and not actually manufactured by Agfa at all, but is re-branded Fuji Provia being sold at half the price. So it seems that Fuji really is the only manufacturer of slide film at the moment.
Whilst its great to find Agfa promoting a cheaper alternative to branded Fuji Provia, Kodak’s announcement that they will re-launch Ektachrome is in an entirely different league. Kodak refer to Ektachrome as a professional film stock with its own distinctive look. Apparently it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. I can’t wait to try it.