Good bye old friend - Kodachrome retires

10:52 AM  on December 30th, 2010 

One last Kodachrome lament.

In just a few minutes, in a small Kansas town, the last rolls of Kodachrome will be pulled from the K 14 soup and one of the early technological marvels of the 20th century will be no more. It was created in the 1930s and varied only slightly from its original formulation during the 74 years it was in production.

Kodachrome 64 (KR) 35mm 36 exposuresMany of my best and brightest images were created on Kodachrome.  When the Fall colors of Colorado's high country came calling in September I always had several rolls of KM 25 and my tripod with me.  But KR 64 was the workhorse and the last of the varieties of Kodachrome to be discontinued.  I shot my first rolls of Kodachrome in the 60s back in Nebraska and my last in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 00's, a span of almost 40 years. 

I'll miss having a couple of rolls of Kodachrome in my camera bag.

Good Bye Kodachrome - CBS Sunday Morning 

KodachromeThere Goes Rhymin Simon

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Kodak C180 10 MP HD Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.4 LCD Screen (Silver)Kodak EasyShare C182 Digital Camera Bundle(Purple)
Kodak EasyShare Z981 14MP Digital Camera with Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 26x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom Lens and 3.0 Inch LCD
Plustek OpticFilm 7600I SE Film Scanner


  1. That is sad, I had some fun with Kodachrome years ago, loved the vivid colors. What's the best way to increase color saturation with digital photography? Filters/settings on the camera or post processing?

  2. Kipp, sorry for the tardy reply. I haven't been doing a very thorough job of moderating comments here.

    My preference is to do most of the adjustments to saturation in post processing software. However digital media reacts similarly to our old friend Kodachrome in that it does not tolerate over-exposure. So underexpose slightly and use gamma adjustment, curves, other post processing tools to reach into the shadows and brighten the image while retaining highlight detail.


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