Kodak Brings Back Super 8

Kodak is taking a route back to move forward as it reintroduces the Super 8 camera.


In a press release, the company said it had built a “roadmap” that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more.

“It is an ecosystem for film” said Jeff Clarke, Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer. “Following the 50th anniversary of Super 8, Kodak is providing new opportunities to enjoy and appreciate film as a medium.”

The revival comes on the heels of a series of analog and retro revivals that include electronics like vinyl records and Polaroid film as well as the trend to the traditional seen in the passion for artisanal food, heritage vegetables, single malt Scotches and craft beer. Perhaps the most notable of the revivals is Polaroid, the return of which was heralded as The Impossible Project.

Super 8 is being pushed by a number of film-makers including Quentin Tarantino and Steven Speilberg, who both were quoted in the Kodak news service item. It helps that many of these old school revivals are being touted by older generations, yet the market and demand is being stoked by millenials and such.

This is very good news, and very smart for Kodak.

Could Kodachrome and the Kodak Carousel be next?


  • Garland Pollard

    J. Garland Pollard IV is editor/publisher of BrandlandUSA. Since 2006, the website BrandlandUSA.com has chronicled the history and business of America’s great brands.


  1. Just like the varying length of hemlines and fashion in general this smacks of “What’s old is new again”

    Although not quite widespread (yet), a rejection of high tech by embracing old tech has been a’coming for quite a while and foretold by this contrarian decades ago. I don’t claim a higher order of intellect, perhaps just a higher state of tune for noticing things and connecting undotted dots.

    I find it quite ironical that a generation of “I want it 10 minutes ago” are willing to put up with the delays inherent in analog tech. Who recalls “Film at 11”?

    I see remerging use of old tech to potenially be our savior should we encounter a massive solar flare or an EMP. What good is the ability to store all accumulated knowledge on a solitary atom of silicon (without any physical redundancy) when it can be obliterated in a nanosecond? No I’m not paranoid…just ask the voices.

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