Remember the mid-1970s song by Paul Simon, with the catch-phrase: "Mama don't take my Kodachrome away?" It's time to have a talk with Mama.
Eastman Koadak has announced the company will no longer sell Kodachrome film, ending its 74-year run. Kodachrome is a complex film to manufacture and requires a complicated process to develop, and today there is only one lab left in the country that processes the film.
The company cited nearly non-existent sales as the reason for ending Kodachrome. In the end, Kodachrome accounted for less than 1 percent of the company's total sales of still-picture films.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. In fact, Polaroid film was phased out long ago.
I have written several times about the decline of microfilm sales and I expect the few remaining microfilm manufacturers will soon follow the lead of Kodak and Polaroid.