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.
Meanwhile, you can check out remaining supplies of Fujifilm emulsions in 120 format at your dealer of choice: Adorama, Amazon and B&H Photo.
Nikon F1n and FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C on Fujifilm Neopan 400
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 be reliable. Don’t want a brand new one? Then spring for one on eBay.
Get ready to bow your heads down, Micro Four Thirds users. One of the most well loved and popular Micro Four Thirds lenses is now discontinued. When it was first announced, it was praised very highly due to the fact that it allowed large sensor cameras in a small form factor to stay small due to its pancake construction. The lens gave off a 40mm field of view–which is quite popular for those that don’t want something as large at 35mm but not as narrow as 50mm. 40mm is also close to true normal; which is actually 43mm.
The lens always focused fastest on Panasonic cameras instead of Olympus’s, and was one of the first lenses (and in many cases, the only lens) that Micro Four Thirds users sprung for.
Get ready to mourn people–Hasselblad announced today in a press release statement that they are killing off their legendary 503CW camera. If you’re not familiar with the name, you’re familiar with its looks. This is perhaps one of the more famous medium format cameras in recent days and the one that many publications recommend if someone wants to get into medium format. According to Hasselblad though, it has been around for over half a century.
Instead the company will be focusing on their H system of cameras–which are out of reach of many therefore cutting down on the dilution of the brand.
Today is a day thats been a long time coming now, back in September Fuji released a statement saying that they are planning to cease film production and today was that day. Let it be known that on the second of April 2013 Fuji has announced that they are bringing all of their motion picture films to a halt. Fuji will continue to sell motion picture film as long as they have stock to sell but I’m sure it won’t be around for long.
I know a lot of you understand what this means for the industry as a whole and those of you who don’t will soon find out. Announcements like these along with the price hikes on consumer films is making it a really stressful time for those of us who believe in film. Kodak is still making motion picture film and they should be coming out of bankruptcy this year. Hopefully the current generation of film lovers can keep it alive long enough for the next one to enjoy it.