Why save Kodak film?

The very name Kodak is synonymous with all that is good about photography.

We’d like to hear from you why you think Kodak film should be saved.

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15 thoughts on “Why save Kodak film?

  1. My father documented my sister’s and my childhood with Kodak film. Recently I pored through Kodak Carousel trays viewing Kodakchrome slides. The colors are amazing! The slides look as if they were taken today. This inspired me to purchase Kodak Ektachrome slide film and shoot using the manual cameras my father left me.

  2. variety is the spice of life. If all becomes digital then we will enter an age where photography will look all alike in its form aspect. It is already happening. Just look at any fashion or advertisement look.

  3. The appearance of film has a tonality to it that is unmatched. Film, ‘is’ choices. Choices are democratic, otherwise we would all be wearing the same brown shirt. Photography is an Art of expression. When the mood calls for it, its important to have varying films,’Tools,’ to suit the mood of the scene, and moment. I think the true sophisticate knows film, and how to make it work.

  4. There is no color film that can compare to Kodak’s Ektar and Portra negative film. It’s my choice for doing art — analog capture, and then analog print. Film just has the feeling that digital doesn’t have — depth given by the grain structure and the beautiful latitude.

    These are the products I buy today and products I also wish to be able to buy tomorrow. I have no intention of doing my art in digital work flow, it’s just way too stressful.

    I’m 25 and I have seen what digital can offer. Now let me shoot some 4×5 Ektar…

  5. I have only used fujifilm once and that was because it was given to me. I go through about 3 rolls of 35mm a week and around 2 of 120 a week. If you buy kodak’s film industry which already has the reputation it can really be worth your while

  6. Some of my best photographs were taken with Tri-X 120. A film that is older than my Kodak camera from 1921. That’s history. Film will have a resurgence in less than a decade. I work at a camera store that does film processing and we are seeing a huge increase in the number of rolls dropped off and bought. If Kodak can weather this storm and return, it will never be like it was in the 80’s, but oil paint never got it’s full market back either after the 50’s… yet it’s still going strong.
    Film will exist as a medium, and as populations increase, the demand will as well.

  7. There is a new company called lomography which makes these cheap toy cameras that use film. this lomography is very popular with young people these days and I feel that all these people buying these cameras will cause a rise in the demand of film from these people who are just starting getting into film photography.

  8. It is not possible to replace film through digital photography. Film is unique and a part of our culture. Since my childhood I’m taking pictures on Kodak (color) films and I never want to take them with digital cameras in the future.!

  9. I was surprised and disappointed when the incredible Kodak Ektar 25 color negative film disappeared in mid nineties. Prints from the 35mm film looked like large or at least good middle-format shots. I was then quite worried when the unique Technical Pan B&W film disappeared around 2004, there were no alternatives to this incredible special-purpose ultra high definition film. Although I shoot digital as well, I still work intensively with large format camera using the beautiful Ektar 100 color negative film. What will I do if this one disappears now? How will I continue my projects which are still in the making now? No offense to other manufacturers, but there really isn’t anything around to replace this quality. These films should have been declared as world cultural heritage, preserved and maintained regardless of market demand! The world simply cannot let this thing be extinct, whether by state institutions investing in obtaining and keeping the production alive, or by supporting private entrepreneurs who can commit on preserving this endangered species. PLEASE!!!

  10. Many of us first captured images with Kodak film and still do so because it has a signature and a soul lacking in digital. At SundayStreet.net, we will shoot Kodak film until our freezer is empty and we cannot find another roll!

    We lost Ektachrome this year. Extinct is forever. Keep on shooting. Film is NOT dead.

  11. What I think about Kodak film, and saving them?
    Well, my grandson thinks, that motion pictures needs to live forever. Cause, motion pictures are good, for children, teenagers, and good for filming too.
    We need to make movies in Super 8, 16, and 35mm film with silent or sound. And premier at our hometown theaters.
    And use our own motion picture cameras.

    We gotta tell it to our news reporters

  12. Why? Because Kodak’s quality is unmatched and their products are not replaceable. Film is not replaceable–though it is emulated, poorly. Just like nothing else looks like Fuji Astia, or Ilford Pan F, nothing matches Kodak 125px, Tri-X, Ektachrome G or Kodachrome. So long as film exists, it’s a thorn in the side of peddlers of consumer, landfill-ready electronic toys. It needs to continue existing to show newer generations the fidelity and character that is missing.

    You supply the story with your composition and subject choice and your camera is your tool–your paint brush. Your recording medium provides the detail: it supplies the vocabulary from which you chose your 1,000 words. The vocabulary of film is huge, and made greater still by the fact that each kind is different. The range; how the color is exaggerated or subdued; the contrast: all of these communicate the mood of the scene.

    To lose the vocabulary that Kodak has given me is to silence me.

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