Fujifilm announced that production of some forms of Velvia will no longer be available in the UK some time late this year. In particular:
- Velvia 50: discontinued in 4x5 and 8x10 formats
- Velvia 100F: discontinued in 35mm, 120, 4x5 formats
The big format shooters in Britain are going to be stocking up like mad, I'd guess.
This is the second time around for Velvia 50's death. Fujifilm discontinued it in 2005 when they couldn't get certain necessary raw materials reliably. They were able to resurrect it in 2007 when they found suitable substitutes.
I was never a huge fan of Velvia. It tended to over saturate certain colors and it had a very restricted shadow range that dropped to a deep black very quickly. I always preferred Provia, which had a more natural (but still saturated) color rendering, smaller grain, and recorded more shadow detail.