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spyder2000
03-12-2008, 10:49
If you had the opportunity to buy Kodachrome 25 in 35mm x 36 exposure rolls, and if you had to pay for it up front before it was even manufactured, how many rolls would you buy?

jbf
03-12-2008, 11:00
I'd probably buy 60 rolls myself. :)

dexdog
03-12-2008, 11:03
My favorite film of all time. I would buy 100 rolls, although I would worry about who is going to be around to process it for me...

varjag
03-12-2008, 11:06
I need at least some 30 rolls of good, slow Kodachrome for a project this autumn, and some dozen of 200. Too bad 200 is now even harder to come by than 25..

oscroft
03-12-2008, 11:18
Kodachrome 25? I'd trade body parts for Kodachrome 25!

projectbluebird
03-12-2008, 11:25
Unless processing was included, none. Anything else I can process myself, but K-14 is above and beyond.

Which is too bad, because Kodachrome is such a wonderful film. For so many reasons.

joachim
03-12-2008, 11:39
I think with K64 being the last film in production, stocking large piles for years to come doesn't make much sense to me. Once K64 ceases production, processing will also cease pretty soon (a year or so). I would not buy more than I could shoot in a year and hope for another opportunity.

Those trying to chase KL200, mathers of lancashire in the UK still list it as in stock: http://www.mathersoflancashire.co.uk/page15.html

kbg32
03-12-2008, 11:41
None. Not unless Kodak would process it.

varjag
03-12-2008, 11:54
Joachim, thanks for the heads-up!

sepiareverb
03-12-2008, 11:55
Not unless Kodak would process it.

I'd need some sort of assurance that I'd be able to have it run in five or ten years time, but given that I'd buy 40 rolls. Fantastic stuff K25. Have you a deal in the works?

Tuolumne
03-12-2008, 12:26
I never saw that much of a difference between K25 and K64 and would usually shoot 64 for its higher speed. But I would buy 40 rolls of K25 just for old times sake.

/T

sepiareverb
03-12-2008, 13:26
So, is there a deal or are we just dreaming? Kodak did a run of Azo for a group of private buyers several years ago now if I'm recalling right. How different could K25 be from K64?

Gabriel M.A.
03-12-2008, 13:59
If they were $0.50 each, I'd buy 200.

If they were $1 each, I'd buy 100.

If they were $2 each, I'd buy 50.

You get the idea.

It's not a function of wishing them, it's a function of economy. At $14 each, I'd have to keep it within my means. And they are standardly deviated right now :o

SolaresLarrave
03-12-2008, 14:07
Just 20. I had a very small stash... and either I misused or didn't appreciate the film as I should.

I still like the ISO 64, though, and the ISO 200 even more.

spyder2000
03-13-2008, 08:01
There is no deal in the works.

In a previous life, I had Kodak manufacture an order of "Y" surface color roll paper for a customer long after the surface had been discontinued. An acquaintance of mine who still works as a rep for Kodak indictates custom runs are still possible given the size of the order (profitability) and up-front funds paid in good faith.

Obviously we are talking many thousands of square feet of a product that many of you, like me, are cautious about processing availability for. If there were enough of us interested and willing to commit cash to it, we could get it. Andi f I had it in hand, you'd buy it because it can be processed right now.

Unless there were interest in 25,000 sq ft or more, it wouldn't be worth the time to ask for the quote.

oscroft
03-13-2008, 08:20
Unless there were interest in 25,000 sq ft or more
How many rolls is that?

dmr
03-13-2008, 09:31
No option for 10 or less?

Tuolumne
03-13-2008, 09:31
You should probably ask B&H how much they would buy. I'm sure they could sell alot more than you could possibly scavange up on one Internet site. Perhaps they could get an exclusive to help encourage them buying more.

/T

Ade-oh
03-13-2008, 09:49
I've never particularly liked Kodachrome and the fact that processing now apparently takes several weeks makes it even less attractive. My answer is 0 rolls.

MRohlfing
03-13-2008, 11:43
Another vote for 0 rolls - I always preferred other slide films.

Last time I used Kodachrome was in the early 1970s though - did Kodak change it since then?

erikhaugsby
03-13-2008, 11:46
Are we guaranteed processing will still exist into the foreseeable future?

dll927
03-13-2008, 12:11
How many of you guys buy Bordeaux before it comes off the vines?? The ONLY way to go!!! Of course, it depends on the vintage, weather, etc.

KoNickon
03-13-2008, 12:23
I forget -- is K200 no longer made? I've got some still; I like it a lot (a little more versatile than the 64 because of its speed).

Eric T
03-13-2008, 12:28
No option for zero?

varjag
03-13-2008, 12:36
Nick, yes, Kodachrome 200 has been discontinued and availability of remaining stock is very limited. Worse yet it doesn't keep as well as 25, so you can only stockpile so much.

okto
03-13-2008, 12:39
20, because I'm a poor student, but only if I could count on someone maintaining a K14 lab.

TheHub
03-18-2008, 06:39
Another vote for '0'. It's too much of a hassle to get processed, and it was very temperamental when I used it.

larmarv916
03-18-2008, 07:14
Well....the last year that I could get K2 I shot over 150 rolls in a one year period. Normally 10 rollls at a time. The real problem is that Kodak farmed out the processing to vendor labs and the quality of the delivered final slides were very low. Hot Souping was nornally or old chemistry the other issue.

Kodak was always good at passing the buck on problems....When they did what they were supposed to the performance was great. The difference between K2 and Fuji on the same subject was dramatic. It allowed for real creative clearity when color was the issue.......Laurance

mackigator
03-21-2008, 15:19
I just shot a roll of Kodachrome 25, 2002 exp but stored in the freezer since purchase. I'm happy to confirm that the Walmart k14 processing miracle is still true.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2350091293_b2c87df5b2.jpg

35mmdelux
03-21-2008, 15:42
its worth gold.

oftheherd
03-21-2008, 15:53
I voted 60, but depending on cost it might end up being more or less. I really loved that film and in the 70s and 80s, I used a lot of it. I had most of my slides damaged in a house fire in 1991 and haven't used much since. But K25 and be assured of reasonalble processing. Yeah, I would buy as much as I could afford.

amateriat
03-24-2008, 20:20
There is no deal in the works.

In a previous life, I had Kodak manufacture an order of "Y" surface color roll paper for a customer long after the surface had been discontinued. An acquaintance of mine who still works as a rep for Kodak indictates custom runs are still possible given the size of the order (profitability) and up-front funds paid in good faith.
In a previous life of mine, the company I worked for convinced Kodak to supply us with Kodachrome (I forget if it was 40A or 64) in 100-foot bulk rolls to be loaded directly into Forox cameras (raise your hand if you know what that is, and wave both hands if you've ever worked one) for an archival project with a Well Known Advertising Agency, preserving decades of their print advertising. This was in the mid-1980s, and the delivery of this stuff (both the film and the original ads from the agency), to use a Gandyism, was a Big Deal. The quality of output was gorgeous. It was nice to work with people who knew what they wanted, and how to get it, cost be damned.

Bulk-loaded Kodachrome...how much would you guys pay for that?


- Barrett

jayjee
03-24-2008, 20:35
I just shot a roll of Kodachrome 25, 2002 exp but stored in the freezer since purchase. I'm happy to confirm that the Walmart k14 processing miracle is still true.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2350091293_b2c87df5b2.jpg


is that with prints or am i just asking for too much??

amateriat
03-24-2008, 20:45
I voted for 40 rolls, but I've long felt that 64 was well within spitting range of 25. And I might have a special project where K64 will be near-perfect. So I might be buying at least a brick of that, maybe more. There truly is nothing like it.


- Barrett