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11-06-2009, 11:04 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Kodachrome Lives!!

As most of us know, the last rolls of Kodachrome have been produced and it is no longer generally available. Many of us were able to secure a few rolls from the final lot (me ) and others of us have previously purchased stashes in the 'fridge. So...In the spirit of nostalgia, I offer this thread as a home for those last few Kodachrome shots to go through Pentax cameras.

To start things off, here are a few shots from my first two rolls, back from Dwayne's and scanned yesterday. (Sorry...no red shirts...just kidding...)

The Greens Of Summer

Pentax KX, Tamron 28/2.5 02B, Kodachrome 64


Deep, Deep Blues

Pentax KX, KMZ MC Zenitar 16/2.8 Fisheye, Kodachrome 64


Cool Tones Too...

Pentax KX, Tamron 28/2.5 02B, Kodachrome 64


So bring on the 'Chromes!

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11-06-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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Good idea, I have two rolls coming back from Dwayne's as we speak. I got scans done as well and I'll post some photos when I get them back.

PS Nice shot of Crater Lake!

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Excellent shots Steve!! I really like #2&3.

I just got myself 6 rolls of Kodakchrome 64 for $2.50 ea. Having never used it before I wasn't sure what to expect but if I can get shots like your I will be very happy. I haven't loaded any in the camera yet because it has been a little dreary lately but I am looking forward to taking some shots with it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Swift1 Quote
Excellent shots Steve!! I really like #2&3.

I just got myself 6 rolls of Kodakchrome 64 for $2.50 ea. Having never used it before I wasn't sure what to expect but if I can get shots like your I will be very happy. I haven't loaded any in the camera yet because it has been a little dreary lately but I am looking forward to taking some shots with it.

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Thanks!

That is a very good price for Kodachrome. I paid almost $10 per 36 exposure roll for mine. As to what to expect:
  • Extremely fine grain (technically no grain)
  • High color saturation
  • Superb color fidelity for daylight exposures
  • Very fade resistant
  • May be difficult to scan
  • Picky about exposure
  • Loss of reciprocity with long exposures (1/15s and longer) resulting in color shift to the blue end
Here is a link to the technical data sheet that details everything you might want to know about K64 including the correction factors for long exposures:
http://www.kodak.com/global/en/professional/support/techPubs/e55/e55.pdf
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Im a sucker for blue and #2 #3 are my pick, beautiful blues TFS

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Very, very nice - like I am there.
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I really like #3. I'd decorate with that.
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Thank you for the good words on the photos. With any luck there are more to join them from the various other forum members that are able to share.

Steve

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I've found Kodachrome to have a very narrow exposure latitude. Even half a stop off, and you can tell. I'll miss it, but I think I can live with Velvia quite comfortably.

This pic taken with Spotmatic IIa, 20mm SMC Takumar, Kodachrome 64, exposure unrecorded, Nikon CoolScan V:




This pic taken with Spotmatic IIa, 85mm SMC Takumar, Kodachrome 64, exposure unrecorded, Nikon CoolScan V:

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I've found Kodachrome to have a very narrow exposure latitude. Even half a stop off, and you can tell. I'll miss it, but I think I can live with Velvia quite comfortably.
Yep...very little exposure latitude and definitely balanced for daylight. A little bit of shadow and its blue, blue, blue!

I really like #1. People often associate Kodachrome with intense reds and blues, but it is the rendition of wood and earth tones that I think is particularly good.

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Here are a couple from my last Kodachrome outing. The scans were done at the time of processing by Dwayne’s. Low resolution cheapos that do no justice to the
original slides.

Am I sad to see Kodachrome go, yes and no. Yes as the film is truly unique with a different colour palette from today’s slide film and no for the four week processing turnaround.







Phil.

(R.I.P. Kodachrome)
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I just got rolls 3 and 4 back from Dwayne's. The dates span from October (fall colors) through Spring (just a few days ago). As you might imagine, I am taking my time shooting this stuff. Two of the fall colors shots are the evil twins of similar photos taken with the K10D. First the fall stuff:

Strawberry Vines

Pentax KX, Kodachrome 64

(These particular strawberry vines receive altogether too much attention from my camera.)

Flaming Branches With Film

Pentax KX, Pentax-K 55/2.8, Kodachrome 64, Japanese Gardens, Portland

(Click HERE for the K10D version)


Wooden Bridge

Pentax KX, Pentax-K 55/2.8, Kodachrome 64, Japanese Gardens, Portland

(Click HERE for the K10D version)


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...And these were taken within the last couple of weeks:

Rough Hewn and Bound with Ropes

Pentax KX, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited, Kodachrome 64


Bridge Truss

Pentax KX, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited, Kodachrome 64


Plum Blossoms, Close-up

Pentax KX, Sigma 50/2.8 EX DG Macro, Kodachrome 64


Plum Blossoms, In a Vase

Pentax KX, Pentax-K 55/1.8, Kodachrome 64


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...And three more that were taken this last fall, but don't fit into the fall theme:


Equality in Every Sense of the Word

Pentax KX, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited, Kodachrome 64

Identical cabins at the Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington.


Cama Beach

Pentax KX, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited, Kodachrome 64


Craftsmanship

Pentax KX, Pentax-FA 77/1.8 Limited, Kodachrome 64

Finishing touches on a new wooden boat at the Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, Washington.

Four rolls down and two more to go and then the end...

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Very nice Steve,
I really like the wodden Bridge, and the Rough Hewn and Bound with Ropes.

We have our first buttercups out now, so it won't be long before I load my only roll up
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