Photography

"Please Don't Take My Kodachrome Away…"

Is the end near for the traditional yellow boxes of Kodak film? According to a story at the Times of London Online, the answer may be ‘Yes.’ While film still has its friends (read the comments on the Times story), film as a business is dropping like a rock thrown off the Empire State Building.

The evidence is everywhere. Every time I go to a store that sells film, the SKUs available are fewer and fewer. Color slide film, still my favorite, is almost impossible to find except at camera stores. Digital cameras are pushing film cameras off store shelves.

But who am I to complain? I’m part of the problem. Like so many photographers, I’m finding the cost of a single roll of film exceeds $10 when processing is included. Do I have a masterpiece or two in those 24 or 36 exposures, or a roll of duds? With film, I don’t know until it’s too late. With digital, I can adjust exposure, white balance or other settings, and fire away, knowing I have the shots I want and need. Consequently, I’m using my digital camera more and my film cameras less – much less. I have my eye on a Canon Digital Rebel XTi, so my existing Canon EOS lenses won’t be orphaned.

If you like film – real film – check your friendly camera store. They’ll appreciate the business, and you’ll appreciate the choices you’ll find there.

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