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Kodak Kodachrome (35mm, 64 iso) User-Review

Discontinued by Kodak this year, this classic film has seen it all. It's documented historical events as well as capturing every family holiday you've ever been on!

Kodachrome is a famous film, we all know how special it is. It’s so special that there’s only one place in the world that still processes it (until the end of 2010)!

It’s a rich and sometimes awkward film stock that needs spot on exposure to yield stunning results. The development process is tricky as this is no E-6 bad boy. The film comes with a little envelope that you need to pop the film into to send it off for development (if you’re in Europe). What you get in return is a box of beautifully mounted slides (like your uncle used to make you watch after he returned from his holiday in Benidorm) that feels nostalgic and look pretty.

Kodachrome 64 works best in lush full sunlight, allowing the reds to pop out at with vibrant exuberance. Under overcast skies you get more sombre tones but with a little kick of color.

I’m surprised I haven’t seen it reviewed here before seeing as it’s such a classic. Sadly, it is no longer and I’ve been stalking my local Boots for the remainder of their stocks (they have a wonderful 3for2 deal on!).

If you haven’t run this gem through your camera then I suggest you give it a whirl pronto before this slice of film history disappear forever.

written by mattydk


  1. d_i_hunter


    Good stuff - review and gallery
    I've never used it... and now I don't think I'll ever get the chance too...
    Hmm... might nip to Boots after work, see if they've got any left.

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  2. inotion


    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. cyan-shine


    Great review, Superb scans !!! :O I heard Kodachrome was notoriously difficult to scan, how did you do it? :D
    I got several rolls myself awaiting collective dispatch over the pond for development :)

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  4. mattydk


    I just pop them into my CanoScan and it scans the slides really well, no problems. ;)

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  5. stouf


    Stunning review ! Great shots !

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  6. amaan


    do they still develop them if you send it with the envelop? I live in asia. and just got 4 of these..
    gonna be hard developing them
    thanks for the review, love the shots!

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  7. yeknom02

    Truly an amazing film. I got my first roll back today and the results are blowing me away.

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  8. mattydk


    process paid envelopes are good until 30th Nov 2010, Kodak recommend posting your films well before the deadline in order to guarantee process.

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  9. shoujoai


    what happens with the film when it is processed in E6 or even crossprocessed in C41? Did anybody ever try this?

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