by Larry Nixon
Paul Simon sang “Don’t take my Kodachrome away.” Well, Kodak has done just that – they have taken Kodachrome away! Kodachrome film first hit the photography market in 1936 and on June 22, 2009, Kodak officially retired Kodachrome color transparency film. Kodachrome built the color slide industry, and many 35mm cameras were purchased for the purpose of making color slides. I have several Carousel slide trays sitting unused on a shelf.
In more recent years, photographers have migrated to 35mm color negative film. How long will it be until these films also become history?
Several other films have been discontinued. I look at my collection of cameras and I have several which would take excellent pictures, except for one obstacle – film is no longer available in sizes to fit these cameras.
What’s causing this departure from film photography? The rise of digital photography! At first, digital photography was a novelty. But resolution became better and better cameras, including SLRs, were introduced. More and more people are making the switch to digital.
Digital cameras can now produce photos which are of equal quality to film photos. Digital already dominates the photographic market. So it appears that it is only a matter of time before all film cameras will become antiques.
We will discuss pros and cons of digital photography in future articles.