I think the reporting of my death is a little premature! I think the same goes for E6 film….
I think the reporting of my death is a little premature! I think the same could be said for E6 film! It has been reported in the British Journal of Photography (March 2010) that E6 film is on its last legs. With Kodak ending the run of Ektachrome 64T and Ektachrome 100 Plus stock. The remaining stock of 100 Plus should run out by the Summer. It also noted that some UK processing agents are stopping their processing of E6 due to the falling numbers of films being sent in for processing!
I seem to remember this being the case of Super 8 film a few years back and rather than sink it made a triumphant return as film makers instead of paying millions to get that retro look started using real retro film! The market and the number of new film stocks has grown for Super 8 as a result. Maybe this will happen to E6 even though I can’t really see a problem for E6 as I’ve contacted the two companies I send my E6 film off too (when I don’t do it myself!) and they are saying their numbers are on the increase and this is down to the people here on sites like this!
What the British Journal of Photography has forgotten is that people like us don’t seem to count in their view as we are not real photographers how can we be with cheap plastic cameras! We also don’t send our films to be processed within an inch of their life and pay through the nose to do so! We like the rough and the ready we don’t mind if the film is old, we don’t mind if a picture is not perfect. We don’t photoshop everything so that’s it’s no longer analogue. We don’t really care about digital. We care about film and the use of that film! (ooooo… i’m on a roll!)
E6 is a long way off dead and while there is film out there we will use it. We will also fight to keep that stock alive, Take a look at the Impossible Project and their fight to bring back ‘Instant Film’. The pictures i’ve posted with this rant have all been taken with E6 and i’ve loads of others I could have posted. The colours in these pictures if not taken using E6 film could only be added with photoshop! Which would you prefer…….. I know where I stand!
Long Live E6…..
the choice of Lomographers everywhere!