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The Last Rolls of Chrome

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I am not one who usually makes “New Years Resolutions”, but indeed on this first day of 2017, I do have a resolution to make… I will not shoot anymore E-6 Color Reversal Film! Just a few months ago I had over 80 rolls of film in my ¬†freezer to have on hand for time when film was simply just not readily available. With about 50 rolls of Black & White and the rest in color slide film, I was prepared for the end of film to happen. During the time of my film build up i also acquired a Leica R4 SLR and Leica Glass, a Nikon F100, Nikkormat FTn, Nikon FE and even a Nikon N65. After shooting about a half dozen or so rolls of C-41 color print film I also had stashed away, I realized that the degree of quality processing just didn’t exist anymore. Or at least if there was fresh chemistry C-41 processing going on, it was very rare and in fact prompted one of my previous post about C-41 processing. During the time of my film stash build up, I was shooting some Tri-X Black & White film and processing in D-76 with quite satisfactory results. I began to expand my film...

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The End of C-41… or pretty close to it.

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Just a few months ago I was testing some old film cameras to see if they still functioned properly, and subsequently took the exposed film (C-41 process) to Walgreen’s for developing and scan to cd. Never really thought about how much longer this service would be available… I guess we just always figured that someone was doing it. I was certainly glad to know if I wanted to shoot some color film, I could get it processed and scanned. Until Now!!! As I just wrapped up shooting a roll of Kodak BWC (Black & White C-41) and went to the Walgreens I had previously had process my film. And to my surprise it appears that Walgreen’s no longer does this service “in-house” anymore. In fact said it would be about a week before I got the film back. Funny thing is that when I first got into photography, that waiting a week to see your results was quite normal. Unless you shot and developed black & white film and printed the images in your own darkroom. But in the age of gotta-have-it-now, it seems that even waiting an hour to get film processed and then scanned to a CD is¬†too long of a wait. Since I had purchased a...

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