Friday, March 11, 2011

Goodbye to Kodak Kodakchrome slide film

This blog has been underperforming for a while, because I've been running low on general interest photos from my collection taken with my Olympus IS-3. The Sam's Club I go to no longer sells or develops camera film. The Costco doesn't sell it anymore, but it does still develop it. Also, I mostly only take family pictures anymore, don't have the time or money to spend on a photography hobby anymore. I suppose someday I'll make the jump to digital photography, but who knows when. I don't even use the camera on my cellphone.

I never really used slide film very much, but I do possess a box of Kodak slides from my father, taken from the early 50s to the early 60s, one of which is above. They are clearer and crisper than many of the print pictures our family has from the 70s. (I shudder to think where all our digital pictures will be in sixty years' time.) It's been said that the better recording technology becomes, the worse music gets. Maybe its also true that the better imaging technology becomes, the shorter the image's life expectancy is. Thing is, I don't believe digital imaging is as good as film imaging, not yet at least.

Oh well, sic transit gloria mundi.

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At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I was an early adopter of digital cameras, I'm starting to miss the look of film. I've shot a couple of rolls through my long-forgotten Ricoh GR1 and Olympus OM-10 and I like the results. I'll have to dust off my Olympus IS-3 DLX next. I was surprised to see someone other than myself that has an appreciation for this fine camera. I expect you'll migrate to digital eventually, but keep up the fine work with film. The memories you're capturing are priceless.


At 10:56 AM, Anonymous David Tellet said...

Thanks for the blog, great stuff. I just bid on an IS-3 on ebay to go along with a bunch of other quality film cameras that I am rescuing from oblivion. Film still has some advantages to digital and I think those of us who still use it will keep a few labs open for many years to come.

David (


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