EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ve added updates to this article.
Today, Fujifilm officially announced that after 2019, Fujifilm Acros 100 4×5 cut sheet film will no longer be in production. This statement is currently being applied only to the 4×5 cut sheet film and it is currently unclear if it will apply to the 35mm and 120 emulsion offerings, but we will confirm this in the morning. Fujifilm Acros 100 is a very interesting black and white film in that it offers a very fine grain but also is very versatile. As we’ve mentioned many times in this month’s coverage on La Noir Image, it can be pushed to 1600 with great results. We also did a review of Fujifilm Acros 100 earlier this month right here.
Considering both how much film coverage the Phoblographer does and our close relationship with Fujifilm, it pains me even more to say that I’ve personally known about the fact that Fujifilm Acros 100 4×5 cut sheet film would be discontinued for a while now.
Fujifilm Acros 100 never was marketed or even had odes and articles written to it in the same way that Kodak Tri-X 400 has. But since the industry standard has become digital, photographers have continued to pick up Tri-X more and more. So in the end, it seems at least that Kodak is winning the film war when it comes to black and white. Though Fujifilm Instax seems to be winning otherwise.
Sadly, lots of photographers may never have even had the chance to experience Acros in large format. And what’s more, so may never except through the Fujifilm Film Emulsion simulation profile on the company’s newer cameras. Of course, lots of photographers love it and so they’ve got a bit of time to pick some up if they can. But now, you’ll be picking up the large format 4×5 film knowing that it’s going to be gone pretty soon.
If you pick it up, do yourself a favor and use it in medium or large format and with studio lighting. You’ll just how ridiculously sharp that film can be.
You’ve still got a chance to be able to pick some Fujifilm Acros 100 up over at Amazon.
Update: 2:32PM EST
Fujifilm Japan finally put out an official statement. Acros 100 will also be discontinued in 8×10. But so is Fujifilm Natura 1600 and a few others. Personally, the death of Natura 1600 is incredibly sad.
- 1. Prospect of expected product and shipping end time
|type||size||Product name||Estimated shipping end time|
|Color negative film||135||Fuji color NATURA 1600 36 pictures taken individually||March 2018|
|Film with lens||135||Fujicolor figure Lunarre 1600 Hi · Speed 27 pictures taken||March 2018|
|Fujicolor figure Lunarre 1600 Hi · Speed 39 images taken||March 2018|
|Black and white film||CUT||Neopan 100 ACROS 4 × 5 (20 pieces in)||May 2018|
|Neopan 100 ACROS 8 × 10 (20 pieces)||May 2018|
※ The shipping end time may be changed depending on the sales situation.
※ black and white film “Neopan 100 ACROS” 135 size, 120 size will continue to be sold.
- 2. Future Recommended Products
|Product name||Recommended for future use|
|Fuji color NATURA 1600 36 pictures taken individually||→||Fuji Color SUPERIA Venus 800 36 images taken individually|
|Fujicolor figure Lunarre 1600 Hi · Speed 27 pictures taken||→||Fujicolor picture taken with simple aces 27 photos taken|
|Fujicolor figure Lunarre 1600 Hi · Speed 39 images taken||→||Fujicolor Fumirun Takeshima simple ace 39 pictures taken|
|Neopan 100 ACROS 4 × 5 (20 pieces in)||→||None|
|Neopan 100 ACROS 8 × 10 (20 pieces)||→||None|
Check out the full announcement over at Fujifilm’s website.