June 2009


RIP, KODACHROME

RIP, KODACHROME

We knew this day would come. Kodak has formally announced that it will discontinue the sales of Kodachrome color film this year. Its last batch, #2672, rolled off a limited production line in July 2008, with an expiry date of 2009.

In 1935, Kodachrome became the first commercially successful film, making it, at 74 years old, the longest-running brand of color film. Kodachrome was used in such iconic shots as Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl.”

Here’s a link to the official statement from Kodak.

Here’s a tribute to this photography legend.

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Image from WIRED.com

Image from WIRED.com

Our beloved LOMO turns 25 this Friday, June 19. A quarter century ago, the first batch of LOMO LC-A cameras rolled off the St. Petersburg-Leningrad Optical Mechanical Organization factory and began shipping, making their way, eventually, to people like you and me.

WIRED magazine has a great story on the Cheap Camera That Could, including a brief chronological history of the global phenomenon as well as LOMO images that serve to inspire. Certainly worth a read.

Here’s the link: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2009/06/gallery-lomo/

Happy birthday, LOMO!

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For those of us who shoot film without the help of a built-in light meter (that’s all us Lomo/Holga/TLR folks), here’s a downloadable papercraft light meter based on the Sunny 16 Rule. It’s like a slide rule for setting exposures, and should help us all getting our aperture/speed settings right.

Here’s the link:expomat.tripod.com