Train Enthusiast Pays $15,798 to Develop 1,580 Rolls of Dead Kodachrome Film

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The world's last photo-lab using the rare chemicals Kodak's Kodachrome film requires for developing ran out in December—but not before Jim DeNike rushed over 1,580 rolls of film he had lying around. Guess what they were of?

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Trains. Lots and lots and lots of trains. The 50,000 photos cost him $15,798 to develop. DeNike, who works on the railroads in Arkansas, drove to Dwayne's Photo in Wichita, Kansas to get them developed before the opportunity was lost forever (or, until the Impossible Project starts producing the chemicals needed). The money came at a cost to his father's retirement account, which DeNike Junior borrowed from. [NY Times via PC Mag via Peta Pixel]

DISCUSSION

Let's see. 50,000 photos (assuming an average of 27 exposures per roll) is about 1,851 rolls so the cost per roll was $8.54. Sounds kinda steep to me. The last time I had film processed it was closer to ... I dunno ... maybe $5?

Consider how far photography has come. Those same 50,000 photos might now cost you a a few hundred bucks for a digital camera, batteries, and SD cards.