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Kodak has announced the discontinuance of three colour reversal (transparency) films. Blaming “a steady decrease in sales and customer usage, combined with highly complex product formulation and manufacturing processes,” the company is retiring its Kodak Professional Ektrachrome E100G and E100VS, as well as Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 emulsions. In essence, this means that Kodak is practically handing the slide film market over to Fujifilm (although Kodak’s E-6 chemicals will continue to be available). Film aficionados should, however, take note that Kodak Professional colour negative films - including the Ektar 100, Portra 400 and Portra 160 emulsions introduced over the past three years - and Kodak Professional black-and-white films will continue to be manufactured and sold worldwide.
Kodak Discontinuation Notice
DISCONTINUATION NOTICE —
March 1, 2012
Due to a steady decrease in sales and customer usage, combined with highly complex product formulation and manufacturing processes, Kodak is discontinuing three EKTACHROME (color reversal) Films:
KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME E100G Film
KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME E100VS Film
KODAK PROFESSIONAL ELITE Chrome Extra Color 100 Film
We estimate that, based on current sales pace, supplies of these films are expected to be available in the market for the next six to nine months; however, inventories may run out before then, depending on demand.
This does not affect KODAK PROFESSIONAL Color Negative Films or KODAK PROFESSIONAL Black and White Films which remain a viable part of the KODAK PROFESSIONAL Film portfolio.
Please note: E-6 Chemicals will also continue to be available.