A 1977 roll of Kodachrome 25 with my Canon L1 and 50mm 1:1.4 lens

Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas needs to receive my four final rolls of Kodachrome by noon on Thursday in order to process them. I had two rolls of 64, one roll of 200, and one roll of 25 (!) that expired in 1977. I found the latter roll, unopened in its original box, in a camera bag of something I bought on eBay or Shopgoodwill or something a long time ago. I froze it and had it as a sort of collectible object, but in the Kodachrome panic of this last month, I said “fuck it” and shot it unceremoniously yesterday.

My Kodachrome shooting experience certainly went out with more of a whimper than a bang.  I shot a couple of rolls of 64 in a Leica C3, a hate-it-or-hate-it-a-little-less 35mm autofocus camera. Something’s very off about the camera, and I ended up just rewinding the final roll in it before shooting it all because I couldn’t reliably get a shot. My wife said she thinks I might subject my cameras to excessive wear, and while I rejected that idea initially, I think she’s probably right. I certainly don’t coddle them.

I shot the 200 in a Yashica Electro 35 GTN, an excellent camera for positive film, but I was shooting during this blizzard we just had, so I had to keep adjusting the ASA in order to compensate for the white everywhere. And pictures of a snowstorm just aren’t that exciting, usually. I shot the roll of 25 (I wonder how many rolls of that Dwayne’s will process this month?) with a Canon L1 (ca. 1957). Again, the snowstorm didn’t help. I was stuck inside trying to convince my toddler to sit still enough for me to get some shots. I really wanted to find some trains or some other classic subject of that amazing film. Whatever. I waited too long.

Here are some of my favorite Kodachrome shots from past rolls (I’ll post results from the above rolls when they come back):

Leica MP, 35mm Summicron IV, Kodachrome 64

Canon EOS1V, 50mm 1:1.2L, Kodachrome 64

Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Kodachrome 64

Minolta X570, (zoom lens), Kodachrome 64

Leica MP, 35mm Summicron IV, Kodachrome 64

Leica MP, 35mm Summicron IV, Kodachrome 64

Yashica T4 Super, Kodachrome 64

Canon EOS 1V, Kodachrome 64

Unremembered camera, Kodachrome 200

Leica MP, 35mm Summicron IV, Kodachrome 64

More later!