January 6, 2017

Kodak Alaris reintroduces iconic Ektachrome still film

Kodak Alaris announced at CES 2017 that it would be reintroducing the iconic Kodak Professional Ektachrome Color Reversal Film for professional and enthusiast photography. The new EEktachome film will support 135-36x camera formats and be available in the fourth quarter 2017.

According to a press release, Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of photographers before being discontinued in 2012. The film, known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts, became iconic in no small part due the extensive use of slide film by National Geographic Magazine over several decades.
Resurgence in the popularity of analog photography has created demand for new and old film products alike. Sales of professional photographic films have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and enthusiasts rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.
“Film is our heritage and we remain committed to meeting the evolving needs of today’s film shooters,” said Dennis Olbrich, President Kodak Alaris Imaging Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. “We’ve been listening to the needs and desires of photographers over the past several years and wanted to bring back a color reversal film. In assessing the opportunity, Ektachrome was the clear choice.”
Ektachrome Film is developed using the E6 process, available in many professional labs today. Coincident with the Q4 launch, the Kodak Professional Film app will be updated to include Professional Labs where E6 processing is available in addition to labs where color negative and B&W film processing are currently featured.
Also at CES, The Eastman Kodak Company also announced the reintroduction of Kodak Ektachrome Super 8 Film to support the adoption of its recently introduced Kodak Super 8 movie camera. Eastman Kodak will produce Kodak Professional Ektachrome Color Reversal Film for distribution by Kodak Alaris. The combined scale of Ektachrome Super 8 and still film products creates a viable and sustainable business opportunity for both companies.

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