For years Kodachrome film was always the gold standard. When it really mattered, and you had time to wait, there was no better way to record history, capture a sunset or just shoot a portrait of the kids. The film's accuracy, stability and longevity were arguably unmatched for decades but the digital camera evolution has finally killed off the film that many photographers loved.
Starting with my first camera, I would buy a few rolls of Kodachrome whenever I could and wait impatiently for the slides to be returned to me after processing. Unlike today when you can see your results instantly, mistakes made with film, and Kodachrome in particular were costly. Each image was composed and the shutter pressed much more delibrately because you wouldn't really know until you opened up that yellow box whether you really nailed the shot.
Steve Hebert / The New York Times via Redux Pictures
A roll of Kodachrome film is fed into a slide-mounting machine at Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kan., on Dec. 28, 2010. The lab is the last one processing the 75-year-old film and will process the final roll on Dec. 30.
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