Rochester, NY—Kodak Alaris announced at CES 2017 that it would be reintroducing the iconic Kodak Professional Ektachrome color reversal film for professional and enthusiast photographers.
The new Ektachrome film will support 135-36x camera formats and be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. Kodak Professional Ektachrome is a color positive film, also known as “reversal,” “slide,” or “transparency” film.
Unlike all of the other Kodak Professional films available today, which are color negative films, Ektachrome generates a positive image. The image can be viewed or projected once it is exposed and processed. This makes it ideal for high-resolution projection or presentations. It is also well suited for scanning and printing onto a range of professional grade photographic media
The film has a distinctive look that made it the choice for generations of photographers before being discontinued in 2012. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts. It became iconic in no small part due the extensive use of slide film by National Geographic magazine over several decades.
Resurgence in the popularity of analog photography has created demand for new and old film products alike. Sales of professional photographic films have been steadily rising over the last few years. This is due to the fact that professionals and enthusiasts are rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product.
“Film is our heritage, and we remain committed to meeting the evolving needs of today’s film shooters,” said Dennis Olbrich, president, Kodak Alaris Imaging Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. “We’ve been listening to the needs and desires of photographers over the past several years. And we wanted to bring back a color reversal film. In assessing the opportunity, Ektachrome was the clear choice.”
Ektachrome is developed using the E6 process, available in many professional labs. Coincident with the Q4 launch, the Kodak Professional Film app will be updated to include pro labs where E6 processing is available, in addition to labs where color negative and B&W film processing are featured.
Kodak Ektachrome Super 8
Also at CES, Eastman Kodak reintroduced Kodak Ektachrome Super 8 film. This film will support the adoption of its recently introduced Kodak Super 8 movie camera. Eastman Kodak will produce Kodak Professional Ektachrome color reversal film for distribution by Kodak Alaris. kodakalaris.com