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Here another recent transfer by ochoypico, Vision3 200t and 500t with 1014 xls. https://vimeo.com/58302232

Wouldn't it be good public relations to let the public know before the final run of 100 Ektachrome D is made, then let people who really like the stock buy a whole bunch of it and base the final run o

Now we'll see if any other company will step up to fill the void; if they think the void is worth filling.

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Wouldn't it be good public relations to let the public know before the final run of 100 Ektachrome D is made, then let people who really like the stock buy a whole bunch of it and base the final run on pre-sales as well?

 

And if Kodak is worried a huge buy on a final run of Ektachrome 100D film product will affect sales of the remaining film stocks, just give the buyer a cartridge or two of the negative stock that will replace the discontinued Ektachrome stock as a lure.

 

I love Ektachrome 100 D, however, 50 negative may prove to be an even better alternative, as long as one can afford the negative transfer costs, so Kodak could win both ways, let people buy a ton of ektachrome, but lure them with a free sample negative replacement stock as well.

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Sorry... posting again... Unfortunately, this part of the official Kodak release:

 

 

With this addition to the

Kodak Super 8 film portfolio, filmmakers can choose from three color negatives ranging in speeds from 50 to 500 on the exposure index, or the KODAK TRI-X Black & White Reversal Film 7266.

 

 

 

Seems to confirm that 100D Color Reversal is no longer available. :(

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The final run is long ago - they sell the last batch from the refrigerator - Kodak says the film in stock will last for about 3 months. So you can see: This is a production which was long ago - and now they sell the last rolls...

 

Kodak made one last final run of double super 8 100d last year, people should of read between the lines back then and began stock pilling to avoid any rush this announcement may cause!

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no color reversal film being readily available is a disaster and will only make super8 increasingly inaccessible to those newcomers wanting to just pick up a camera and shoot as simply as possible.

 

Technically, we still have Velvia 50 through Spectra. Not sure what their supply and future looks like. But, it's there.

 

http://www.spectrafilmandvideo.com/Film.html

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This is a big problem for students, too. When I was in college we shot reversal since it was so much cheaper than negative. Now, the universities that are still teaching film programs - even though they are few and far between - will force students who want to shoot on film to shoot negative. The costs alone will push even more budding filmmakers towards the faster, cheaper alternative.

 

Another tactically poor move by Kodak. If you want people to keep shooting film, you have to get them when they are just starting out.

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Well there goes my hope to one day shoot something on 5285. Not S8mm, 'course, but sucks just the same. I really loved Kodak's Reversal stocks... looks like they and their wonderful quirks, and gone for good.

 

Cracks me up, DP's wouldn't hesitate to pick up a digital 8 camcorder or mini-dv and be cutting edge, but no way would anyone attempt anything of note on Super-8.

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Andec still do Super 8 prints: http://www.andecfilm.de/en/e_s8_neg_pos.htm

 

Whilst Wittner Cinetec will be offering 100D: http://www.wittner-kinotechnik.de/neu/news2012.php#20121213-1

 

Thus there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

 

 

Yet Super 8 really needs a lot more people to jump on board, as the format may well have to be saved like the Impossible Project saved Polaroid (but not my favourite 500 films). So let's hope that even more Hipsters are drawn to the format!

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Great news about Wittner. Having Velvia 50D (while supplies last) and Wittner 100D will make life easier and definitely make it unnecessary to horde Kodak 100D.

 

Super 8 has found a nice niche in wedding cinematography (my field). But, I hardly ever use reversal for it anymore. No brides care about actually being able to project it and the lack of latitude made it a nightmare in modern wedding settings. Between running indoors and outdoors and all the bright dance floor lighting in dark rooms, reversal was almost useless. I'm all negative (almost all 500T except for outdoor exclusive weddings) these days. The extra grain of 500T is actually appealing as it increases the "nostalgic" look.

 

Two rolls of Spectra Velvia 50D on the way to me for testing/personal use though.

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I'd sooner treat digital footage to look the way I want before using color negative super 8. Negative film always looks like fake super 8 to me anyway.

Also, I just can't cope with the unknown factor of the transfer - not to mention the expense. In my early days I recognized that the transfers I was getting back were a hack. So I tooled up to do my own transfers and really enjoy being able to tweak for the best possible result.

 

Negative film might be fine for larger formats where you're attempting to maximize image quality and minimize artifacts. But it's the artifacts of small format reversal film that makes super 8 so charming.

It's not JUST the fact that it's "real film".

The wedding folks who hopped on the super 8 band wagon will continue to peddle super 8 using negative stocks.

Brides will still buy the pitch because the industry has adopted the concept so broadly and it's now a big money maker for the industry.

The clients don't know any better and now many never will.

The reality is that negative film simply does not have the beauty factor and charm of super 8 reversal, ESPECIALLY since plus-x was discontinued.

It's not just about getting a recognizable image in low light.

 

Unfortunately, people seeking the true super 8 experience are just going to be left feeling disappointed. And possibly ripped off.

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