Kodak’s January announcement that it was resurrecting Ektachrome 35mm film brought cheers from the film faithful. But since then, Kodak has been relatively quiet about the fate of the format.
Following the news that the company will be laying off 425 employees, Kodak has released this 40-minute audio update on the status of Ektachrome. The short version: it’s now on track to be released in 2018. Kodak originally said to expect it in the fourth quarter of this year, but like the Super 8mm movie camera, the launch has been pushed back.
To manufacture Ektachrome in the smaller volumes necessary for an economical product launch, Kodak essentially started from scratch with all-new manufacturing equipment. They’re currently in the testing phase, ensuring this new equipment is producing film that meets the Ektachrome specifications.
If you want a deeper dive into the history of Ektachrome and Kodak’s current efforts to rejuvenate it, definitely hit the audio above.
Hat tip: PetaPixel