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.