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Kodak Alaris is bringing back T-Max P3200 high-speed B&W film

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:02:00 Z

Film photographers are celebrating today after news broke that Kodak Alaris will resurrect another popular product: Kodak T-Max P3200 high-speed black-and-white film. After teasing the resurrection on Twitter, a brief press release confirmed the news this morning, revealing that the debut will happen some time next month. Kodak originally discontinued T-Max P3200 film in October of 2012 due to a severe drop in demand, directing its customers toward the T-Max 400 as an alternative. However, the film photography market has seen an increase in demand over the last few years, and Kodak Alaris is using that demand as proof that products like T-Max P3200 and the soon-to-be-rereleased Ektachrome film deserve another shot. The 'rebirth' of T-Max P3200 began on social media. In a tweet posted yesterday, Kodak shared an image that reads "Are you in the dark?" followed by a series of numbers that total 3200. The combination hinted at the T-Max P3200 film, which Kodak says can be push processed up to ISO 25,000. — Kodak Professional (@KodakProFilmBiz) February 23, 2018 Though the company didn't provide any additional details via that tweet, someone did spot an image shared by Australian film store Ikigai Camera on its Instagram account. The image—which has since been removed, hinting at an 'accidental' leak—showed the T-Max P3200 film box alongside the words, "Welcome back March 2018." Screenshot from the Kodak Alaris website. Fortunately, it's not just teasers and leaks anymore. The company followed up the unofficial news with an official announcement earlier today, saying it will begin shipping the product to US stockhouse dealers and distributors starting in March, followed by other markets "shortly thereafter." The company says the resurrected film is best suited for handheld street photography, as well as night shots and work in any "dimly lit venues where you can't use a flash." Press Release Kodak Alaris Revives KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film / TMZ Multi-Speed B&W Film to be Available in March, 2018 ROCHESTER, N.Y. February 23, 2018 –Kodak Alaris announced today that it is bringing back KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film / TMZ, a multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. While the nominal film speed of P3200 TMZ is ISO 800, the “P” means it’s designed to be push processed to EI 3200 or higher. This film excels when shooting in low light or when capturing fast action. It is ideally suited for handheld street scene photography, night work, and in dimly lit venues where you can’t use flash. “It’s no secret that we’ve been looking for opportunities to expand our portfolio” said Dennis Olbrich, President – Kodak Alaris Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. “Darkroom photography is making a comeback, and B&W Film sales are clearly on a positive trajectory. Given these very encouraging market trends, we believe P3200 TMZ will be a great addition to our lineup”. Kodak Alaris plans to offer KODAK PROFESSIONAL T-MAX P3200 Film in 135-36x format. Shipments to Distributors and Stockhouse dealers will begin in March in the U.S., with other regions around the world following shortly thereafter. To learn more, please visit Follow us on Twitter @kodakprofilmbiz and Instagram @KodakProfessional Like us on Facebook [...]

Scammers are peddling fake 'KODAKCoin' to unsuspecting victims

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:44:00 Z


Kodak is warning potential investors that "KODAKCoin" offerings found online aren't the real thing. According to an email sent to potential investors, and shared by AdAge, scammers have started listing KODAKCoin for sale despite its lack of official availability. Buyers aren't getting the new cryptocurrency, they're simply losing real-world cash.

In January, Kodak announced plans to launch a blockchain-based image rights management platform called KODAKOne and its own cryptocurrency called KODAKCoin. In a status update published on January 31st, Kodak said it has received interest in its digital currency from more than 40,000 potential investors. The company is now entering an "accredited investors" phase during which time it will verify the status of interested potential investors.

Now, scammers are taking advantage of the hype around cryptocurrency in general and the confusion around KODAKCoin specifically to try and steal some money.

Scams involving initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies are huge at the moment thanks to bitcoin's recent record value and growing public awareness of the digital currency market. Facebook recently blacklisted advertisements involving cryptocurrencies and ICOs from its platform due to the number of scams, and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton testified before Congress about the topic yesterday.

Editor's Note: If you're confused as to why exactly Kodak decided to get into cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining, give the op-ed below a read. Not everything with the Kodak name on it is connected to the company many of us know and love (or loved).

Kodak says over 40,000 investors are interested in its cryptocurrency

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:03:00 Z


In a statement released today, Kodak said more than 40,000 potential investors are interested in the company's recently announced KODAKCoin Initial Coin Offering (ICO). The cryptocurrency was introduced in early January alongside the company's new KODAKOne blockchain-based image rights platform for photographers.

Of course, it's not really Kodak's cryptocurrency, just cryptocurrency with the Kodak name attached, but you can read about all that below before moving on.

Ready to move on? Okay.

The company explains that it is beginning an "accredited investor" phase for KODAKCoin that will verify the status of the investors who have expressed interest in Kodak's cryptocurrency. This won't be a rapid process, though, and Kodak expects the verification phase to take several weeks.

The company explains that an accredited investor status is dependent on the potential investor's income, requiring an individual or couple to have a net worth greater than $1 million or requiring a minimum 2-year history of income exceeding $200k a year ($300k for couples). The ICO will also be available to "select non-US persons."

In short: if you thought (or hoped) this whole Kodak Cryptocurrency thing was just a marketing stunt to help juice the stock and get people talking, it doesn't look that way.

Kodak shows off Super 8 camera in first sample reel

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:52:00 Z

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During CES 2016, Kodak announced plans to resurrect its Super 8 format via the launch of a new Kodak Super 8 camera, one that will blend analog and digital technologies. Following that announcement was a hands-on look at the new Super 8 camera during CES 2017, but an actual product launch is still forthcoming. Getting us closer to that point is Kodak's latest update on the project: it's showcasing footage recorded with the Super 8 camera during CES 2018.

The new Kodak Super 8 camera is a hybrid of sorts, pairing a 3.5" LCD "viewfinder" with an 8mm film cartridge for a simultaneous digital and analog experience. A control wheel is paired with the display for controlling the camera in lieu of touchscreen functionality or manual controls. This is joined by a Ricoh 6mm F1.2 prime lens and C-mount compatible with additional lenses.


True to its hybrid nature, the new Kodak Super 8 camera also features an integrated SD card slot; audio is recorded to the media card, whereas the film cartridge is mailed to Kodak after recording is finished. After developing the film, Kodak mails it back to the customer, and also uploads the content to the cloud where the customer can download a digitized version.

As noted by Cinema5D, Kodak also released a podcast about a month ago with an update on the Super 8 project. A firm launch date and price haven't yet been provided, but the Kodak Super 8 camera is expected to launch this year at a price between $2,500 and $3,000 USD.

Via: Cinema5D

Kodak didn't get into cryptocurrency and bitcoin mining, "Kodak" did

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:09:00 Z

Kodak’s CES announcements tell an interesting tale of the power of brands, and what happens to those brands when you start licensing them to other companies. A lot of people still have positive associations with the Kodak brand and its iconic logos, but it’s worth clearing something up, especially in light of all the cryptocurrency madness that Kodak unleashed at CES: not everything with the Kodak name on it has much connection to a bunch of clever people in Rochester New York. The parent company, Eastman Kodak, left the consumer photography business in 2012 following court-overseen ‘Chapter 11’ restructuring. Its remaining consumer photo businesses were sold to Kodak Alaris, which continues to sell photo film and printing kiosks. So it’s worth keeping your fond memories of that company at arms length when you read about its apparent embrace of the blockchain. The "Kodak" KashMiner, yours to rent for just $3,400 and a two year contract. At CES this year ‘Kodak’ announced both blockchain-based IP protection and cryptocurrency projects, and a scheme that apparently lets you buy a Bitcoin-mining farm for them. However, the KodakOne project appears to be as much a rebranding of an existing project called RYDE as it does a “partnership between Kodak and [RYDE owner] Wenn Media”. Meanwhile, the Kodak KashMiner scheme, which lets you rent the hardware to mine the more famous Bitcoin cryptocurrency appears to be entirely separate: essentially an unconventional investment scheme using industry-standard hardware with the Kodak logo stuck on the side so that there’s something to show at CES. Essentially, these look a lot like Kodak licensing its name to other companies in much the same way as the current holders of the Polaroid, Rollei and Vivitar names accept fees to let those names get emblazoned on, well, pretty much anything. Eastman Kodak still makes film, but it appears to have only two customers: the motion picture market and Kodak Alaris. The Kodak PixPro Orbit360 4K VR camera, by JK Imaging Then, of course, there are the cameras. You can still buy ‘Kodak’ cameras: JK Imaging, a California-based company, sells cameras under the Kodak brand. Interestingly, JK Imaging shares an address with General Imaging, which licensed the General Electric brand for its photo products. Given the way that even the largest names in photography regularly use third-party ‘OEM’ manufacturers to produce some of their models, it’s senseless to try and draw a line between ‘real’ Kodak and licensees of the brand name. That the red and yellow logo doesn’t necessarily tie anything back to your fuzzy memories of Kodachrome, or brilliant developments such as the Bayer color filter.[...]

Kodak Scanza is a portable, budget film scanner that turns negatives into JPEGs

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:01:00 Z


Kodak has launched a new budget scanner that digitizes film and slides. The scanner, called the Kodak Scanza, is compact at just 12cm x 12.7cm (4.7in x 5in), and features: a 3.5-inch color screen, an integrated SD card slot for saving scanned content, adapter trays for different types of film, and an HDMI port for viewing scanned content directly on an external display.

Kodak Scanza, which was introduced at CES 2018, supports 35mm, 110, Super 8, and 8mm film negatives and slides via inserts and adapters. Content is scanned as 14MP JPEGs, though users can enlarge the resolution up to 22MP.

The integrated screen, which is hinged for tilting, provides access to pre-scanning options, such as exposure and color adjustments.


Both Windows and macOS are supported out-of-the-box, and scanned content can either be saved to a compute, or directly to an SD card inserted into the scanner's built-in card reader. Kodak Scanza will be available to purchase from Amazon for $170 USD. Availability and pricing in other regions is unclear at this time.

To learn more about the scanner, visit the Kodak Scanza landing page.

Kodak unveiled its own bitcoin miner at CES, will let you rent it for $3,400 for two years

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:41:00 Z


If you thought Kodak news couldn't get any stranger following the company's debut of a "photo-centric cryptocurrency" called KODAKCoin earlier this week... you were wrong. In a further attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency mania currently spreading across the world, Kodak has debuted its own bitcoin mining machine at CES.

The bitcoin miner is called the Kodak KashMiner, and you can rent it for just $3,400 and keep a share of the profits you make mining bitcoin for the next 2 years.

We'll give you a moment to let the absurdity of those last few sentences soak in before we attempt to put this madness in context.


Ready to move on? Okay.

First of all, here is the Kodak KashMiner in the flesh at CES 2018:

Photographer and automotive writer Murilee Martin has published a series of modern motorsport photos he took using an old Kodak Brownie No. 2 camera from 1926. The collection, 24 photos in all, was published recently on Autoweek where Mr. Martin explains, "After learning how to drive a Ford Model T recently, I decided that I needed the camera equivalent of the T, the camera that gave the world the ability to shoot photographs cheaply and easily."

The photos above, as well as the rest of the collection found in the Autoweek post, were taken with the Model F version of the Kodak Brownie, one that sports an aluminum chassis rather than the original model's cardboard frame. The photos were shot on ordinary 120 film during the 24 Hours of Lemons race in California.

To see the full gallery or find out more about what it was like shooting fast action with a 91-year-old film camera, head over to Autoweek.

Kodak's first issue of new 'limited edition' Kodachrome magazine now on sale in the US

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:52:00 Z


Late last year Kodak announced that it would produce Kodachrome (sorry, not that Kodachrome), a magazine dedicated to art, culture and all things analog. Today, it has become available for sale to US residents on the company's website.

The limited run first edition costs $20, weighs in at 80 pages and includes features on actress/director Chloë Sevigny, filmmaker Isaac Julien and illustrator Tad Carpenter. The magazine was created by Stranger Collective, a UK-based content agency.

Kodak EKTRA 'camera first' smartphone now available in US

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:49:00 Z


The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. The Android smartphone, which was first announced in October 2016, features a 21MP camera and a design reminiscent of point-and-shoot cameras. The handset has been available to purchase in Europe for a handful of months, and now US consumers can buy the model unlocked with support for GSM mobile networks for $399.99 USD.

Coinciding with the launch is software update version 2.009.00/_A for the smartphone, which Kodak says it is zeroing in on requests from its 'photo-enthusiast' customers. The update brings improved autofocus performance, better color saturation and white balance, and the addition of raw image support, among other things.

The full software changelog:

  • Enhanced single handed camera functionality; when the camera app is enabled the Android touch buttons are now disabled to avoid an accidental press when using the camera with one hand
  • Added RAW file support in manual mode; shooting in RAW records all the data from the sensor enabling more sophisticated image processing options
  • Improved auto focus making in quicker and more accurate
  • Improved Face Detection performance for better portrait photos
  • Optimisations to the Auto White Balance and colour saturation
  • Improvements to shutter speed performance
  • New option to disable Auto Scene Detection in smart auto mode
  • New shutter effect to provide visual indication of when a picture is taken
  • Enhanced low light performance
  • Optimisations to the noise reduction algorithm from ISO 100-6400
  • Introduces a new ‘How To’ camera tutorial on the new functionality

Via: BusinessWire

Archos to make Kodak-branded Android tablets

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:14:00 Z


It appears that the Kodak brand name is about to appear on more mediocre consumer electronics products. Ever since the company went bankrupt, what is left of the legendary imaging powerhouse is making at least some money by licensing the iconic brand name to anyone who wants it. A little while back, the Bullit Group launched the Kodak-branded camera-centric Ektra smartphone, and the Kodak website lists a whole bunch of other consumer electronics items that are manufactured by various companies under license.

“We are very proud to become one of Kodak’s licensees to jointly develop their brand into the tablet world. We truly look forward to putting these devices into people’s hands”, said ARCHOS CEO, Loïc Poirier.

Now Kodak and French electronics maker Archos have announced that the latter will launch a line of Kodak-branded tablets bound for the European market. Archos is best known for its budget and entry-level devices, so we should not get our hopes up of seeing Kodak-branded high-end tablets, but according to the joint statement the tablets will combine "chic design" and the "latest technologies" with pre-loaded photo and video apps for creative users. There will also be 8MP rear cameras and 3G connectivity for easy sharing on the go.

The new tablets will be available in summer 2017 and, although no pricing information has been released, we'd expect them at the budget end of the market.

Kodak CMO says the company is 'looking into' reviving Kodachrome

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:55:00 Z

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During CES 2017, Kodak announced it would revive the film stock it discontinued in 2012, Ektachrome. The announcement was well received, and was itself the result of an uptick in professional film sales, something that has also spurred Kodak toward another possible revival: Kodachrome. Eastman Kodak's President of Consumer and Film division and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Overman confirmed as much during a recent The Kodakery podcast.

The Kodakery team spoke with Overman from the Kodak booth during CES, and near the end of the discussion they mentioned the Ektachrome revival. That topic snowballed into a confirmation from Overman that Kodak is likewise looking into bringing Kodachrome back, but plans to do so haven’t been finalized at this time.

Overman works for US-based Eastman Kodak but it seems likely the company would follow the pattern seen with its recent Ektachrome announcement, and work with UK-based company Kodak Alaris to release a stills version of the film to photographic markets.

It took less effort and time to bring Ektachrome film back, Overman explained, which is why it was given precedence. He went on to say, though, that 'people love Kodak’s heritage products and I feel, personally, that we have a responsibility to deliver on that love.' 

Via: PetaPixel

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:45:00 Z

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 First launched in 1965, Kodak's Super 8 format was one of the most influential developments in amateur filmmaking. And now it's back, with an all-new (kind of) camera. We headed to the Kodak booth earlier today to get our hands on one. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 The new Super 8 camera is truly a hybrid of the very old, and the very new. At its heart is a cartridge of 8mm film, totaling 50 feet in length. How many minutes of footage you can shoot depends on which frame-rate you select. The Super 8 camera can shoot at 18, 24, 25, or 36 fps.  CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 The 'viewfinder' is a 3.5in LCD, which provides a live view image, via a split-prism behind the attached lens. Although a large flipping, tilting screen is definitely a huge improvement over classic all-analog Super 8 cameras of the past, the live view image is hazy, grainy, and hard to use as a means of judging critical focus. In other words - pretty familiar, if you've ever shot Super 8 before. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 The main control on the Super 8 camera is the circular 'wheel', shown here on the body, facing the flipped-out screen. It works rather like a second-generation iPod. The central button brings up a menu, and the touch-sensitive wheel allows you to navigate the settings by scrolling. The screen itself is not touch-sensitive. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 Super 8 cameras will be bundled with a manual focus Ricoh 6mm F1.2 prime lens (roughly equivalent to a 37mm F7.4 in 35mm terms) but the C-mount is compatible with a huge number of lenses stretching back decades. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 Here's that click wheel in action. The Super 8 is reasonably customizable. Many of the features that would have been managed with physical switches in the past (like frame rate) can be set in the camera's menus. As a result, the camera body is impressively clean and minimalist. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 The Super 8 is a true 'hybrid' device. While the film takes care of the images, sound can be recorded to an SD card, via an external microphone. Cartridges must be mailed back to Kodak for development, and the price (TBC) will include film development, scanning and uploading to the cloud. CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8 Oh yes - and Kodak has also promised to bring back Ektachrome!  It feels a bit surreal to be covering the launch of new film products in 2017, especially from Kodak, but after using an almost production-ready sample of the Super 8 camera today we're actually pretty impressed by how well the company has married the analog and digital sides of the product. What do you think?[...]

Analog revival? Increase in film sales spurs Kodak to bring back Ektachrome

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:22:00 Z

A box of Ektachrome. Photo via Wikimedia commons The list of discontinued film stocks is lengthy and after Kodak pulled the plug on our beloved Kodachrome, it seemed like any film could be next on the chopping block. But perhaps those dark days are behind us because today Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris announced they will be bringing back a different film stock: Ektachrome, which was discontinued in 2012. The companies' decision to raise the film from the dead is directly related to a recent increase in demand for analog film. Yep, you read that right. So does this mean that film photography is about to start down a similar path of revival as we've seen from vinyl records, which are currently selling at a 25 year high? We sure wouldn't mind. From the Kodak Alaris announcement: “Sales of professional photographic films have been steadily rising over the last few years, with professionals and enthusiasts rediscovering the artistic control offered by manual processes and the creative satisfaction of a physical end product. The reintroduction of one of the most iconic films is supported by the growing popularity of analog photography and a resurgence in shooting film. Resurgence in the popularity of analog photography has created demand for new and old film products alike.” Ektachrome is a color reversal film and was first developed in the 1940's. Used for decades by National Geographic photographers, it's been long favored it due to its fine grain and excellent color reproduction. Rochester, NY-based Eastman Kodak will manufacture the film and sell it in cine formats, while the independent, UK-based company Kodak Alaris will sell the photographic version. So come the end of 2017, you'll once again be able to pick up a 35mm roll of it. And you've likely got a bearded, glasses-wearing hipster with a turntable to thank for that. What do you think of the prospect of an analog revival? Let us know in the comments. Kodak Brings Back a Classic with EKTACHROME Film Las Vegas, NV, Thursday, January 05, 2017 -- To the delight of film enthusiasts across the globe, Eastman Kodak Company today announced plans to bring back one of its most iconic film stocks. Over the next 12 months, Kodak will be working to reformulate and manufacture KODAK EKTACHROME Film for both motion picture and still photography applications. Initial availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017. KODAK EKTACHROME Film has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of cinematographers before it was discontinued in 2012. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts. “It is such a privilege to reintroduce KODAK EKTRACHROME Film to the cinematography community,” said Steven Overman, Kodak’s chief marketing officer and president of the Consumer and Film Division. “We are seeing a broad resurgence of excitement about capturing images on film. Kodak is committed to continuing to manufacture film as an irreplaceable medium for image creators to capture their artistic vision. We are proud to help bring back this classic.” Kodak will produce EKTACHROME at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will market and distribute the Super 8 motion picture film version of EKTACHROME Film directly. Kodak Alaris, an independent company since 2013, also plans to offer a still format KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film for photographers in 135-36x format. KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film is a color positive film, also known as “reversal,” “slide,” or “transparency” film. Unlike all of the other KODAK PROFESSIONAL Films available today, which are color negative films, EKTACHROME generates a positive image that can be viewed or projected onc[...]