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A New Film

Japan Camera Hunter introduced the first new slide film in a long time, the crowd-funded FuguFilm 400. Not yet shipping, this new reversal film is the result of navigating the complex issues of chemical restrictions and bans that have been the bane of slide film processing for some time. Fugufilm 400 will be processed in E-6 chemistry.

Best way to keep up with what's happening with this new film is via Twitter (@fugufilm).

Fujifilm Price Increases

Beginning April 1st, the price of Fujifilm's film products will be increasing, and not insignificantly. Increases will range from 20 to 60% on Superia Premium 400, Fujicolor 100, Pro400H, Pro160NS, Velvia 50, Provia 100F, Velvia 100F, Velvia 100, and Neopan 100 Acros II.

That's not the only increase, though. On May 1st, Fujifilm photographic paper and processing chemicals for color will go up 10 to 20%. And on June 1st, a number of other lab related products and services will increase in price, as well.

Fujifilm cites the increases as being due to rise in raw material and transportation costs that they've been unable to cost reduce or absorb. While it's disappointing that we're seeing such price increases, I'm pretty sure that we'd all prefer that than to have these products go away completely.

Filmbodies is Back

Yes, it's been awhile since I updated this site. That has to do with a file corruption I had to spend some time fixing. I just didn't have the time to get to it in a timely fashion, so the site sat dormant for a bit. I think I've now resurrected everything, so I'll try to be more timely once again. 

I was curious as I finished up the site cleanup as to what's really available in terms of film cameras. I won't spend any time for the moment writing about Kodak or Fujifilm instant film cameras. More on those later. 

But just doing a search on Amazon for film cameras came up with a couple of things I didn't expect. Not that I'd recommend it, but Amazon will sell you an Ilford Sprite 35-II camera with three rolls of Kodak UltraMax 400 film. The camera is a fixed shutter (1/120 second), fixed aperture (f/9), fixed focus one with an unspecified wide angle lens. Basically a bottom end consumer camera, but I was still surprised to find this and a couple of other similar cameras still hanging around. 

Another New Film Appears at Photokina

Somehow I hadn’t noted Adox before, a German company that makes several films (Scala, CHS 100, CMS 20II, and Silvermax). They have a new superpanchromatic black and white film called HR-50. 

HR-50 has a resolution of 280 lp/mm and an ISO of 50 and an extended spectrum that allows it to be used as a near infrared film.

Meanwhile, their older CMS 20 II film is also a high resolution one (800 l/mm, not lp), claimed to be the highest resolving in the world, with particularly fine grain. ISO is 20, though if used for high contrast use you would bump that up. If used with a low contrast developer, the new film can be exposed between ASA 3 and 6 (Adox uses the older ASA values in their product notes). 

Note that CMS 20 II has clear reciprocity failure outside the 1 second to 1/1000 second range, so you will need to adjust exposure for long or fast shutter speeds.

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Two More Film Discontinuations

Fujifilm will discontinue two key larger format film stocks: Fujicolor 160NS (120 size) and Fujifilm Vevia 50 in 4x5 and 8x10 sheets. While not critical to the 35mm film user, these discontinuations continue to show the cost/pricing pressure that Fujifilm is undergoing. Low demand basically puts some film stocks at risk due to rising costs. 

Fujifilm 160NS will be discontinued in March 2022. Velvia 4x5" will be discontinued in March 2023, and you'd better stock up on the 8x10 version quickly if you use it, as it will be discontinued in December 2021.

The good news is that Fujifilm continues to give warning before discontinuing films, meaning that you get a last chance to order them before they go away completely. 

New Ilford Ortho Plus

Ilford announced 35mm and 120 versions of a new black and white film, Ortho Plus. This is a fine-grained ISO 80 film (daylight; ISO 40 under Tungsten) that Ilford says is well-suited for landscape work. Lower red sensitivity renders red/orange in your frame as darker than a neutral tonal approach would. It also means that the film can be safely handled in a deep red safelight area. 

Full Information About Fujifilm Offerings

Fujifilm has just re-published their Professional Data Guide to their color and black-and-white film offerings. This PDF document offers full information about what films were available in what sizes, edge markings, spectral response curves, color corrections for lighting situations, reciprocity failure, and more. It's the full technical data dump, basically. Everyone still shooting Fujifilm slide or negative film should have a copy of this document, as there have been subtle changes to some of Fujifilm's stocks over the years. 

ACROS to Return

Well, everyone sighed when Fujifilm Acros disappeared in late 2018. Guess what, this fall it will be back as Acros II. No clear word yet on what the II signifies, though Fujifilm did make a point of saying that they had to research new substrate materials and redesign the manufacturing process when they selected the new base layer.

Fujifilm Raising Prices Again

Seems like a broken record now: Fujifilm has pre-announced another film price increase to take effect on June 1st. The amount? "...by more than 30%."

This is a good news bad news situation believe it or not. The bad news, obviously, is that film prices are increasing because Fujifilm is trying to match its costs, which are rising, with demand, which is low but apparently reasonably stable.

The good news is that Fujifilm is continuing to make these adjustments despite the small—for Fujifilm—size of the market. Many companies would just close down a business with this kind of trajectory and minimal impact on the overall bottom line. 

Still, you have to wonder just how far this can go. Provia is now well over US$10 a roll. We're approaching the fifty cents a shot level with some films, and that doesn't include processing.

Fujifilm Price Increase

Fujifilm has announced that beginning April 1st, 2019, all their film products will have a minimum price increase of 30%. 

Time to stock up on film if you're still shooting it. 


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