The Fujifilm announcement earlier today that they would be officially discontinuing their PRO NS 160 Sheet film in Japan is just another reminder of the limited time we have left with the films that we have all grown to love. In the last 4 years alone we have lost some of the most iconic and legendary films, likely never to be truly replaced. So let’s take a quick look down memory lane at some of the discontinued emulsions that helped shape our our past.
For a while now, Fujifilm Pro NS 160 has been discontinued in the United States (called NPS 160; and today Fujifilm is announcing the news of the discontinuation in Japan for the cut sheet film–120 format will continue to live on. As we’ve seen in the past few years, traditional film photography as we know it has been dwindling and shrinking when it comes to the traditional big two companies.
Of course, this is something that’s upsetting to the film world. Research will show you that Pro NS 160 was popular with portrait photographers (though it was used for a myriad of things) but of course wasn’t really used in a while.
Medium format rangefinder cameras are expensive–and that may also be the reason for their declining sales figures over the years combined with the digital monster enveloping the film world. But the latest casualty of this the Fujifilm GF670 rangefinder medium format camera. Our sources within Fujifilm America contacted us today to tell us the sad news.
The camera was a medium format rangefinder with a unique folding lens that came in and out of the camera to make it more compact. It shot 120 film in the 6×7 format (highly regarded by many photographers) and sported an 80mm f3.5 lens which gave a semi-wide to normal field of view.
For what it’s worth, the company has been focusing much more heavily on their X series cameras due to the retro-styling that has been giving them so much success coupled with some fantastic image quality. But for what it’s worth, it’s quite sad to know that many digital folks won’t know the sheer image quality that the GF670 could deliver when coupled with Velvia or Portra.
The most recent blogger to give it any love was Steve Huff. But otherwise, the camera has some die hard Flickr users that love it in their very own group. Keep in mind though that this notice seems true of the GF670, and not the newer GF670W.
Good night sweet prince.
For those that knew the true beauty of the film today is a very sad day for many photographers.
In a statement recently issued by Kodak, the company has now discontinued their BW400CN film. Though the film isn’t as prolific as Tri-X, it still created beautiful portraits and images overall. In fact, Kodak billed it as the finest grain black and white chromogenic film made. And in some ways, they’re correct–though the grain isn’t as fine as with some of their other emulsions.
Kodak is also stating that it should still be available in the market for around the next six months; though it can often be seen sold at places like WalGreens and more. So in fact, it may not last that long.
When I first started the site, I reviewed the Leica M7 using this film. It was an awesome experiences.
As time progresses, it appears to become a worse and worse time for film lovers and users. Photo Rumors is reporting that Fujifilm Japan announced the discontinuation of Neopan 400 PRESTO in the 35mm format and Fujicolor 400 Pro in 120. The last bits of the film should be shipped around the middle of the year, which means that American retailers like B&H Photo and FotoCare are likely to stock up on the emulsions.
So what’s going to replace these two? Fujifilm is recommending ACROS 100 to replace Neopan and Pro 400H to replace the Pro film. And while these films may be missed by many, they don’t have the same impact that Velvia does on the photo world despite some discontinuations of that as well.
We’ve seen tons of film discontinued from Fujifilm in a relatively short amount of time:
– 10/2012: Reala 100 120
– 11/2013: 3×4 Instant FB-3000B
A week ago, we reported that Fujifilm had discontinued two well-loved film emulsions in 135 format: Provia 400X and Neopan 400. As it appears, though, the company is discontinuing two more emulsions, but in 120 format. The films in questions are Reala 100 (which is already discontinued in 135 format) and Superia 400. Superia 400 is still available in 135 format, though.
These are hard times for fans of film photography. A year ago, we all had hopes that film would stick around for at least another decade or so. But it appears we were wrong. We used to laugh at the pessimists who saw the immediate doom of film photography with every new discontinuation note, but now it appears they were dead on. Film IS virtually dead, and it appears to be only a matter of time until Fujifilm discontinues its film products altogether. On the Kodak side, motion picture film is still doing well (despite their recent announcement to stop production of their acetate film base), so Kodak emulsions may stick around a little longer. Here’s to hoping.
Via Photography Blog
Today is another sad day in the history of photographic film. According to this facebook post by Freestyle Photographic Supplies of Los Angeles, CA Fujifilm Tokyo confirmed that the Neopan 400 B&W film and the Provia 400X slide film have been discontinued. Following the fate of Neopan 1600, Fujifilm takes another loved and acclaimed B&W negative film emulsion off the market. That leaves Neopan 100 as the only remaining B&W film manufactured by Fujifilm. And with Provia 400X, the last high-speed slide film is now finally gone, leaving Provia 100F, Velvia 100 and Velvia 50 in Fujifilm’s slide film lineup.
We reckon that remaining stocks of both Neopan 400 and Provia 400X will last for a little longer, but this may be your last chance to stock up on these films. Oh, and btw, Fujifilm officially recommends replacing Neopan 400 with Neopan 100, and replacing Provia 400X with Provia 100F. Until those are discontinued as well, that is …
Photographers that still want to get into rangefinder film photography and want a brand new camera in M Mount may have to look towards Leica. Last year, Zeiss discontinued their Ikon series, and we just found a scoop that Voigtlander discontinued their Bessa A series rangefinders last month. This tip came from the FilmWasters forum–who further claims that Voigtlander makes this statement on their website. Upon checking out the website, the news indeed holds true.
While checking B&H Photo’s website, we see some conflicting information–but that could just mean that the retailer needs to update their page.
So what’s so great about these rangefinders? Well, they had bright viewfinders, were the most affordable way to use M Mount lenses, and were built like tanks in addition to being reliable. Don’t want a brand new one? Then spring for one on eBay.
Also be sure to check out our guide to affordable film rangefinders.