Kodak will cease to manufacture slide films, ending a 77-year period during which the company was the market leader.

Citing ‘a steady decrease in sales and customer usage, combined with highly complex product formulation and manufacturing processes’, a spokesperson for the company predicted inventories of the three Ektachrome films would run out within ‘the next six to nine months’.

The films concerned are Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS Film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100, which are the last slide films in Kodak’s portfolio. Portra and Ektar colour negative films and Kodak’s BH&W films will continue to be manufactured ““ at least for the immediate future.

For some background to the current state of play and the reasons for this decision, we recommend readers visit the website of Thom Hogan and check out the item titled ‘Swimming in Ponds’ dated Feb 29.