Fujifilm announcement – The future of film

Posted on by Bellamy

*EDIT* Perhaps I should have been more clear. Neopan SS 36 has been cut, not the 24 which is still available. Though past cuts from Fuji show that once the 36 has gone, the 24 is not far behind.

Well, Fujifilm made another announcement, which is never a good thing anymore
That would be because the announcement that Fujifilm made is that they will be cutting a shedload more films from production….yet again.
You can see the original article on the Fujifilm webpage, but it is in Japanese only. There has been no official announcement from other Fujifilm groups as of yet. Which is why I decided to translate the page for you lovely people to let you know what you are going to be losing.

In the article Fujifilm states that due to a falling market for silver halide films they will be cutting some films, but they also state that they will increase efficiency and continue to work on a system to ensure that there will be a continuous supply of Silver Halide film in the future. Unfortunately they don’t tell us what films these will be.

The following films have ceased production and will not be re-produced. Once the remaining inventory has gone that will be it. So if you use any of the following films I suggest you get yourself as much as you can now, because this will be the last chance.

Professional films

Negative Film:
Sheet film (cut size)
FujiColor Pro 160NC 4×5 20 sheet pack.
Fujicolor Pro 160NC 4×5 Quick load type 20 sheet pack.

Reversal film:
135 (35mm size)
Fuji Sensia III 100 24 exp roll.
Fuji Sensia III 100 36 exp roll.
Tungsten T64 36 exop roll.

Medium format
120 size
Astia 100F 12 exp 5 pack.
220 size
Astia 100F 24 exp 5 pack.
Sheet film (cut size)
Astia 100F 4×5 20 sheet pack.
Astia 100F 8×10 20 sheet pack.
Astia 100F 4×5 quick load 20 sheet pack.

Black and white negative film
135 (35mm size)
Neopan SS 36 exp roll.

So, there you go. As you can see the biggest cuts have been in the slide film areas, something that I warned people about a while ago. It is too expensive to produce these films and people are not using them any more. Thankfully there was only one cut on the monochrome film, but it was a major one…Neopan SS 36exp (24 still available for now)!
The Fuji site says that it has stopped production of all of these and will ship them until stocks run out, which according to the website will be within this year for most of the films and early next year for the Neopan and the Astia. Bummer.

This is not the first time in recent memory that Fujifilm have cut a load of film, and it is not going to be the last. I have heard through the rumour mill that they have privately said they will continue to produce monochrome film for at least the next 10 years. Lets hope it is more like 20.

If you need any of this film or want to get as much as you can, drop me a line and I can see if I can help you.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

15 Responses to Fujifilm announcement – The future of film

Ivan September 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Oh noooooo, we are doomed. Just for your information, in France (and in Europe, as it seems), dealers have received an announcement saying that FUJI has decided to stop the production of Neopan400 (I think it is called PRESTO in Japan).

So far, it is the only film cancelled but I know that 4×5 sheet films of ACROS are also very very difficult to find down here.

Cheers and thanks for the translation and news,

Ivan

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    Bellamy September 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Now that is not good news, though I think we will see Neopan Presto in Japan for a long time. I know that is not comfort to you, but at least you know there is an avenue for it if you need it enough:)

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Jon September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

If you actually read the press release the Neopan SS is only discontinued in 36 exposure cartridges – the 24 exposure cartridges will still be readily available……

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    Bellamy September 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I did actually read the Fujifilm release and I did say that the 36 had been cut, though I should have been more clear about the 24 being retained. It is a shame that people only read what they want to read. Your points have been duly noted and I have edited the post.

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Uler September 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I’ve heard some rumors about Fuji stopping the production of their peel apart films. Have you heard of anything about that? I really hope they are just rumors. I think they should at least keep the fp-100c and fp-100b films.

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    Bellamy September 16, 2011 at 7:36 am

    There are no plans to at the moment as they still have commercial applications. They did cease production for a while, but then realized that the films were still needed.
    Don’t worry, they will be around for a while.

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Nameisis September 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

It really doesn`t hurt so much. I am just sad about Sensia being killed it was pretty good for cheapest slide film, also nice subtle colors. As Astia has been killed for 135 some time ago there won`t be “portrait” slide for 135 from FUJI.

They are just killing film which have similar films from other companies, which sells better. That why they are killing their portrait negatives, because of Kodak Portra and b/w because of Ilford and TRI-X, T-MAX.

Because of restructuring FUJI is now making money again even with earthquake and strong Yen. (Also all their departments are making money or staying even) Apart from Kodak which is in debt hole.

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