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DIGITAL IMAGING MEETS SILVER HALIDE QUALITY: KODAK ANNOUNCES PRINTS FROM SLIDES MACHINE

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced the Kodak digital PFX system, a machine to produce prints from slides that should result in a new level of image quality and cost savings for photofinishers.
 The PFX system allows photofinishers to scan and digitize slides at high resolution. It creates a color negative image electronically that is then printed on high-quality color negative paper.
 "Using traditional methods users would have to print onto color reversal paper or create an internegative," said Cortlandt E. Johnson, business planner, Photofinishing Equipment, Kodak Consumer Imaging. "With the digital PFX system, we're offering photofinishers an easier, less expensive process that produces images with the same quality as an optical print."
 PFX signifies "Prints from X" -- with "X" meaning many types of images. Today the system can make prints from slides but in the future this means additional digital printing opportunities. The PFX system consists of a slide scanner, a computer workstation, and the Kodak CRT digital color printer.
 The CRT printer (a high-speed cathode ray tube) exposes Photo CD index prints or other digital image files onto color negative paper. These prints can be processed off-line with the same equipment used to process prints from negatives.
 The scanner, like the printer, was developed for use with the Kodak Photo CD system. It scans and digitizes information at 1024 lines by 1536 pixels for each primary color. In seconds, an image file is created containing over 4.5 million bytes of information.
 The workstation uses this data to determine the exposure for all slides automatically. State-of-the-art algorithms developed by Kodak make this possible.
 At the same time, an "electronic negative" is generated by reading and inverting data from the three-color scan. This new negative then is projected via patented CRT technology onto color negative paper by the printer.
 Customer trials for the Kodak digital PFX system will begin during the first quarter of 1994, with availability in mid-1994. Details regarding pricing will be available in the first quarter of 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen, media relations, of Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/
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