Memory Lane: A Look at Notable Films Discontinued In The Last 4 Years

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.

Fujifilm – 220 – Fujicolor PRO160NS

Popular mainly among portrait photographers, PRO160NS was really a great film stock for a variety of uses. This was known in its most recent iterations as having good neutral color and fine grain ideal for scanning.

Artyt Lerdrakmongkol - https://www.flickr.com/photos/artyt/

Artyt Lerdrakmongkol – https://www.flickr.com/photos/artyt/

Fujifilm – 220 – Velvia 50 & Velvia 100

Popular mainly among landscape, nature, commercial, food, and interiors, Velvia was really smooth and vivid stock. It is still available in 135 and 120 format, but the 220 format was discontinued.

hoge asdf - https://www.flickr.com/photos/9177053@N05/

hoge asdf – https://www.flickr.com/photos/9177053@N05/

Okko Pyykkö - https://www.flickr.com/photos/data_op/

Okko Pyykkö – https://www.flickr.com/photos/data_op/

Fujifilm – 135/120 – Fujichrome Provia 400X

Beloved for it’s excellent push/pull performance, the Fujichrome Provia 400x was a highly versatile film, great for a variety of uses like landscape, nature, and portrait photography.

Richard Fisher - https://www.flickr.com/photos/richardfisher/

Richard Fisher – https://www.flickr.com/photos/richardfisher/

Fujifilm – 135 – Neopan 400

Now ‘replaced’ by the Acros 100, Neopan 400 was known for its fine grain and incredible sharpness. It was popular in the journalism and sports fields, as well as other genres where high quality black and white with good contrast and sharpness was desired.

Jim Fischer - https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/

Jim Fischer – https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfischer/

Fujifilm – FP-3000B

A black and white peel-apart instant film, the FP-3000B was used a lot for ID’s, commercial photo proofs, medical & scientific applications, and image previews thanks to its fast 15-second develop time.

Alfred Weidinger - https://www.flickr.com/photos/a-weidinger/

Alfred Weidinger – https://www.flickr.com/photos/a-weidinger/

Fujifilm – FP-100C

A color peel-apart instant film, the FP-100C (announced to be discontinued earlier this year) was also popular for many of the same uses as the FP-3000B, but used in cases where color was preferred to black and white.

Yutaka Seki - https://www.flickr.com/photos/yutakaseki/

Yutaka Seki – https://www.flickr.com/photos/yutakaseki/

Kodak – 135 – Kodak Professional BW400CN

An incredibly popular black and white film stock thanks to it being developed with the C-41 process, the BW400CN was known for fine grain structure. Consumers and Professionals alike utilized this stock and it was big news back in 2014 when it was officially discontinued.

halfrain - https://www.flickr.com/photos/halfrain/

halfrain – https://www.flickr.com/photos/halfrain/

Kodak – 135 – E100VS

Known for its vivid colors and saturation, the E100VS was a popular transparency film choice for many of the same photographers who liked Fujifilm’s Velvia, namely landscape, nature, and product photographers.

Benjamin Balázs - https://www.flickr.com/photos/brenkee/

Benjamin Balázs – https://www.flickr.com/photos/brenkee/

Kodak – 135 – E100G

Known for its fine grain, bright whites, and pleasing tones, E100G was a popular choice in advertising, fashion, editorial, architecture, nature/wildlife, and other commercial photography genres.

Lordcolus - https://www.flickr.com/photos/lordcolus/

Lordcolus – https://www.flickr.com/photos/lordcolus/

Kodak – 135 –  Elite Chrome Extra Color 100

Known at the time for having the highest color saturation of any 100-speed consumer slide film, the Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 founds its place squarely in the hearts and minds of landscape and nature photographers.

Kevin Dooley - https://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/

Kevin Dooley – https://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.