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Introducing the ‘bikkuri case’

The Bikkuri film case
Yes, that is right, we have a new film case for you. In light of popular request I have decided to release the Bikkuri film case. Bikkuri means surprise in Japanese, and each one of these cases is a surprise, you don’t quite know what you are going to get. These are the same fujifilm cases that were on offer previously, except for one difference, these ones come full to the brim with 10 rolls of film! But as these are the Bikkuri cases, you are going to be in for a surprise, as you will not know what is inside until you open the case. But don’t worry, you are not going to open the case to find a bunch of cheap, expired film. These cases will have a selection of interesting, unusual, regular and fun films inside them. Some of the films that you might find in your case are going to be unique or soon to be discontinued films, which makes them all the more special.


Initially there are going to be 4 different cases available:
The Mono Bikkuri case
Exactly what you think it is. Only monochrome films inside this little beauty. So who knows what it will be? Acros? Neopan? Fomapan? This is it, you just don’t know. But trust me, there will be an interesting enough selection to put a smile on your face.
Price: 6500 Yen plus shipping
The Color Bikkuri case
Does what is says on the tin, and interesting selection of colour films for you, ranging from Agfa Vista and Solaris, through Fuji Premium, Astia, Venus and Natura, right up to Pro H and Portra. Only the lords of film know what is inside each case.
Price: 7500 yen plus shipping
The Reversal Bikkuri case
Provia, Velvia, EliteChrome…good golly, there could even be some T64 in there, you just don’t know. But know this, it will only have slide film inside.
Price: 8000 yen plus shipping
The Premium Bikkuri case
The premium Bikkuri case for the discerning customer. A classic selection of the very best of the best. Only the high end films in this case, no Kodak Gold for you, oh no. This case will have a selection of Mono, color neg and positive films of the very highest level. The Rolls Royce of film cases.
Price: 10,000 yen plus shipping

All films supplied will be 36exp rolls, so you know you are getting the value for your cash, no 24 exp rolls quietly tucked inside to sour the deal.
I am open to requests, if you want a case personalized to your requirements please let me know, and we can arrange that for you too.
For details on payment and ordering please contact me here through this contact form.

Cheers
Japancamerahunter

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Fujifilm announcement – The future of film

*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