Sound the alarm, ready your wallets: the highly anticipated Kodak Ektachrome film line will finally start shipping to distributors and stock house dealers worldwide, starting “immediately” with the Kodak Ektachrome E100 for 135/36x camera formats!
Eastman Kodak Company and Kodak Alaris finally made this announcement today, six years and six months after they discontinued this slide film and one year and eight months after they first revealed their plans of reviving it (yes, we have kept track).
Furthermore, shipping of the Kodak Ektachrome 7294 Color Reversal Film in the Super 8 format will commence on October 1, while Ektachrome products in 16mm format is expected to be available “later this year.”
The Kodak Professional Ektachrome Film E100 and the Kodak Ektachrome 7294 Color Reversal Film will be available from Kodak Alaris and Eastman Kodak Company, respectively.
Dennis Olbrich, President of Kodak Alaris Paper, Photo Chemicals, and Film said:
“We recently brought Kodak Professional T-Max P3200 film back to market, and the response was overwhelming. Based on the response we’re seeing to beta test images on social media, we expect the return of Ektachrome E100 to be equally well received.”
For his part, Steve Bellamy, President of Eastman Kodak Company’s Motion Picture and Entertainment Division, said:
“Ektachrome Film was the choice for generations of filmmakers. The distinct and unparalleled look of films like Tony Scott’s ‘Domino’ and Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’ could not have been achieved without Ektachrome. We are extremely excited to reintroduce this film to those who know and love it, and to a new generation of motion picture artists.”
This piece of news finally ends months and months of teasing and speculation. Now, we no longer have to endure envy as we see photographers flaunt their beta rolls on social media nor get excited by over a bunch of scans. The Kodak Ektachrome is finally back and we can’t wait to get our hands on it!