Kodak announced today that it will bring back Kodak Ektachrome Professional 100 slide film, originally cut from its lineup in 2012. After Kodak's discontinuation of Ektachrome, the only color slide films easily available from a major manufacturer are produced by Fujifilm.
Until 2012, Kodak had still recommended Ektachrome as an alternative to its iconic Kodachrome slide film, itself discontinued back in 2009. While Eastman Kodak will produce and market the film in its motion picture format, Kodak Alaris, the company that was spun out of Kodak following its bankruptcy in 2012, will supply the film in 35mm still format.
Kodak had announced they were working on a camera that includes digital sound recording but shoots film on Super 8 cartridges at CES 2016, where the camera was received favorably. They have presented a working prototype at CES this year.
With the exception of Tri-X black and white reversal film, Kodak currently has no film in its lineup for Super 8 cameras that can be projected directly, as Super 8 home movies typically were. Its other color stock offerings are negative films that have to be scanned in and reversed in software.
Ektachrome, which the company says will be available in the fourth quarter this year, will rectify this in time for the delivery of the new Super 8 camera. Ektachrome is currently announced only in an ISO 100 daylight variant. While Kodak's new camera will presumably be able to expose the new film correctly, the same cannot be assumed for used Super 8 cameras, many of which expose daylight film only at ISO 40 or ISO 160.
The Phoblographer talked to Kodak representatives at CES and has some further thoughts on the matter:
[via The Phoblographer]