Before you go on: note that we only recommend that you do this with specific pieces of film that you don’t care about.
If you’ve got rolls of film scanned already, found a bit of it at a thrift/vintage store, or just have a bit of it that you don’t particularly care for anymore, then why not recycle it? Besides using them for possible window decorations, another option for you would be to cut up a strip of it and make it into bookmark. Simply take the film, surround the edges and back in paper, and then give it a bit of clear tape.
Just like that, you’ve got a brand new bookmark for your weekend reading material.
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:
Here’s another letdown to film users everywhere. Fujifilm maybe doing the world a lot of good with their X-Series cameras that continue to amaze the photographic community but it seems they’re unwilling to do the film community any favors. They have already announced the discontinuation of production of the beloved FP-3000B 3×4 peel apart films in November and it seems they’re not changing their minds anytime soon, despite protests and a worldwide petition from users and fans. Now, they’ve also just made official the discontinuation of the FP-100C 4×5 film. According to a notice they left tucked away in their Japan site dated February 12, 2014, the “instant color film FP-100C 45 will be discontinued as soon as our inventory is gone.” To defend their decision, they claimed:
Fujifilm has continued to corporate efforts so far in order to continue to provide instant peel-apart type of (peeling method) film, but the demand of the film has been declining every year dramatically, and production in the sales volume of current able to continue is becoming difficult. For this reason, we will terminate the sale as follows of necessity.
What’s worse is Fujifilm is apparently refusing to answer any inquiries on possibly selling the machinery they use to produce the cult favorites. According to Japan Camera Hunter, there have been serious interests from several groups to buy but claims that the company has been hard to reach on the matter. The one good news is the regular FP-100C is not being discontinued, as confirmed in the notice. Well, at least, not just yet.
Finding a proper scanner is always a bit of a hassle, particularly when you’ve unearthed a trove of negatives in some back corner of the attic. Constantly bringing negatives to your local photo place can get costly, and that’s just the jpegs. TIFF files – the real bread and butter of scanned negatives – are both gigantic and expensive. Your best bet would be to invest in a scanner to offset the costs of digitizing those negatives. And here, we have the Epson V550, an affordable flatbed scanner that does a swell of job of giving your negatives, 35mm slides and printed photographs digital life.
Keep this in mind for when travelling season comes around.
If you’re a film shooter, or you’re feeling adventurous during your vacations, note that you should’ve be afraid of transporting film through an airport’s x-ray machine–at least in most cases. If you’re bringing ISO 800 and below film with you that is undeveloped, it’s perfectly safe in your carry-on bag according to the TSA. If you’ve got something higher than ISO 800 though, you might want to opt for a manual inspection.
I snapped this image as I was travelling to Las Vegas recently for CES 2014 and it’s something that I’ve always been curious about. When I brought film with me to a trip to Canada in 2005 (not too long after 9/11 and when the country was still in a bit of panic) they almost strip searched me at the terminal. If I had known about this tidbit of information though, I wouldn’t have had a hold up.
And just an FYI, in most of the staff’s eyes, there isn’t much that beats well scanned 120 film.You should try it out for yourself.
As we continue our series on the basics of photography, we run into the letter “I”. What better term to define in the photo world than one of the biggest parameters of exposure today: ISO. In the video world they call it gain, and back in the film world they called it ASA. But either way, the ISO setting that your digital camera is set to is incredibly important to a number of factors like your shutter speed, aperture, and it can even affect flash output. Digital photographers and those that are brand new to the craft may not have known about what a pain ISO performance used to be in the early digital days and some of the headaches that film photographers used to go through by only working at lower ISO settings. These days, with a single camera you can have a vast range of settings.