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Kodak New Portra 160

We recently informed you about the acquisition of Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging business by the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan. Now that the acquisition is completed, the company re-emerges under the new name Kodak Alaris. The new company keeps the right to distribute products under the Kodak brand, which means we’ll continue to see film- and photo-related products from Kodak as we’re used to, which is good news for those of us who love to load their cameras with Tri-X or Portra. There’s no word yet whether Kodak Alaris aims to further cut down 35mm film production, or if they intend to introduce new emulsions in the future. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how things develop. At least we know that Kodak photographic films aren’t quite dead yet.

Via Japan Camera Hunter

Kodak New Portra 160

Though we’ve reported on it before, there has recently been confusion about the fate of Kodak’s film business. Folk who are still loyal to the film are wondering whether or not it will survive and if the quality will stay the same. We talked to Kodak, and we’re going to once again restate exactly what they’re saying.

Kodak’s film business will now be owned by the Kodak Pension Plan, but Eastman Kodak will continue to manufacture the film. So as far as they’re saying, your Tri-X and Portra will still continue to look and function the exact same. At least that’s what Kodak is telling us. There is no other word of how else KPP might affect the manufacturing of film.

If I were you though, I’d stock up.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials Medium Format Beginner (6 of 6)ISO 1001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

Medium Format photography is what many shooters yearn to do. While the digital counterpart is extremely expensive, its film predecessor is probably more affordable than most digital setups overall. An excellent kit can be had fairly cheaply and you’ll be rewarded with images that aren’t totally possible with most digital cameras.

So why make the move to medium format? Besides the obvious benefits of a significantly larger negative area, medium format film blows its 35mm brethren away in terms of not only overall sharpness but also in color depth, tonality, and more. And with the right lighting, it will beat anything that your DSLR might be able to produce.

Ready to take the plunge? Here’s our essential kit for the person ready to step up.

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We’ve had a contest going for a little while now. Basically, contestants could show us some of their best film photos and they could win a, “Keep Calm and Shoot Portra” or “Keep Calm and Shoot Tri-X” T-shirt. Any size, and from a bunch of colors to choose from: Black, Red, Grey, Blue, Green, Brown, Cream, White, or Light Blue.

Did you win? Head on down below to see our selection from a very tough contest to judge.

If you won: please message me on Flickr for proper verification and then we will proceed to get you your shirts.

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We’re giving readers 10 chances to show their true film colors and to receive a snazzy T-Shirt of their choice. Here are the details:

- Contest begins December 6th 9:30 AM EST

- Contest ends December 14th 12 AM EST

- To enter, submit your Portra or Tri-X images to our Flickr Group. The only way for the images to qualify is if you insert the tag, “Keep Calm” without the quotation marks in your tags/keywords field on Flickr.

- Every contestant is limited to 7 images, so make each one count.

- The winners get either a, “Keep Calm and Shoot Portra” or “Keep Calm and Shoot Tri-X” shirt in any size they want and in any one of the following colors: Black, Red, Grey, Blue, Green, Brown, Cream, White, or Light Blue

Good luck to all!



Only shortly after announcing the discontinuance of their entire slide film range, Kodak is in the news again. This time, they are reported to increase the prices of all their remaining photographic films by 15%. According to a Kodak spokesman, this price increase is necessary in order “to remain a sustainable, viable business.”

One can only wonder if, in a time where film sales are ever declining, this is a bright move. In effect, it may keep even more people off of buying film, and may drive those that have been using film towards the far more cost-effective digital medium. In the end, Kodak may yet again be shoveling their own grave (or at least that of one of their products.)

Meanwhile, you can still buy plenty of different Kodak films at B&H Photo, even some of their already discontinued flavors.

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