I have been looking forward to getting the funds together to print a show of Ilfochrome prints from my Kodachrome slides. Given that Kodachrome is gone and several other color slide films have left the shelves, I have kind of wondered what might happen to what must be already a VERY niche product and service like Ilfochrome which has been manufactured by well respected Ilford Corporation. Well, rumors lately have not been very endearing to say the least, but nothing solid yet.
So I had the chance to talk to a very well respected name in Ilfochrome that I can not reveal but he did write me this note:
“The declaration by the Swiss ILFORD division, at 1st reading looks like a dedicated group of artisans who just cannot afford the price of gold anymore with which to sculpt their precious little baubles for the masses. After much back and forth including a lengthy conversation with Christian Neumann (German rep), it all leaves me confused. It would appear that nothing is cast in stone. For sure there will be another run, which means coat a piece of ILFOCHROME the size of a football field and divvy it up. The rumor has it the 30% increase is not realistic and will be reduced to a smaller more workable figure. And any increase will only affect paper and film products not chemistry. Which is really good news because a bottle of fine Cognac is literally cheaper than ILFOCHROME chemistry.
My understanding is that possibly next week will provide a clearer picture (so to speak). The Swiss are notoriously detail oriented but they also move painfully slow in the logistics of change regardless of the direction. Change is not necessarily good!
I spoke with my XXXXXXX rep and there has been a run on the stock they have, which means someone must like ILFOCHROME, which means there actually is a demand for it. The down side is the XXXXXXX is out of most stock however there is a large delivery en route. Everything is shipped via container and boats just don’t go as fast as airplanes, as well as the distribution once it arrives can be tedious. The bottom line on this whole issue is it’s not over till the fat lady sings. And it is most definitely possible she might sing a different song than the one anticipated.”
So lets hope the song remains the same, not fat, not from a lady…
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