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Another price increase on Fujifilm photographic films coming next month

Fuji film price increase Another price increase on Fujifilm photographic films coming next month

Today Fujifilm announced another “substantial“, at least double digit price increase on Fujifilm photographic films effective from April 2013 onward. Just a reminder that in May last year the company already had a 20% across the line price increase on black and white, color negative, and color reversal films in the US. If you are shooting film, check the current Fujifilm offering and pricing at B&H and Adorama.


FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will implement a worldwide price increase for its photographic films. The price increases are substantial and it would be an increase of at least double digit, but will vary depending on products, markets and regions.

1. Products: Photographic Film: Color Negative Film, Color Reversal Film, Black and White Film and Quick Snap.

2. Date of Price Increases: Effective from April 2013 onward

The demand for film products is continuously decreasing and the cost of production, such as raw materials, oil and energy, continues to rise or stays at a high level and cost increase associated with lower volume becomes much serious. Under such circumstances, despite our efforts to maintain the production cost, Fujifilm is unable to absorb these costs during the production process and is forced to pass on price increases.
To sustain its photo imaging business, Fujifilm has decided to increase the price of photographic films.
Fujifilm remains committed to photographic products despite its price change.
The new pricing structure will be applied to each market based on its individual conditions.


ILFORD PHOTO Introduces Black & White Disposable Cameras

ILFORD Black & White Single Use Cameras HP5 Plus and XP2 Super

There are 2 film choices available, each giving up to 27 exposures.

The ILFORD XP2 Super Single Use Camera gives the convenience of being able to have the film processed at any High Street photo-processing centre using C41 colour negative systems, with proof prints made on colour paper. These can either be close-to-neutral black and white prints, or colour toned monochrome prints, and are ideal for deciding which negatives to print on black and white paper.

The ILFORD HP5 Plus Single Use Camera is intended for processing at locations with standard black and white film processing and printing chemistry, resulting in true, real black and white prints that have a unique look as the images are made from silver.

These new high quality disposable cameras complete with Flash have a smart clean new look, and each camera is individually packaged with a Euro Hanger in the carton design to enhance display in dealer retail locations. UK Retail Price is expected to be in the region of £8.99 including VAT, excluding processing costs.


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Increased sales – Ilford’s belief in print pays off

Harman, the manufacturers of the Ilford brand of black and white photographic products, has reported a growth in its revenue and profits after the company kept focusing on its print and paper productions.

Sales are said to have increased from £22.6m to £23.6m in the last year, with operating profits up to £2.2m from £1.9m the previous year, says the company.

Despite a global decline in demand for monochrome film and paper, Harman explained it had seen growth in its Ilford black and white division. Growth is mainly said to be driven by demand from North America, which accounts for over 40 per cent of export sales.


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A film photography mobile app from Kodak

Kodak’s bankruptcy filing earlier this year was certainly a shame, but it was no surprise.

The former photographic powerhouse famously ignored the digital revolution, and was subsequently forced to ditch its own efforts to gain traction in the digital camera market.

Now, however, Kodak is back with a bang…sort of, with the launch of a new mobile app aimed at those with a penchant for good old-fashioned film-based photography.

The Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak, to you and me) has rolled out its Kodak Professional Film app for iOS devices, bringing together the answers to some of its most commonly-asked questions about Kodak film. What are these? Well, ‘Where can I buy it?’ is one of them, while ‘How should I shoot it?’ and ‘Who can develop it?’ also get a look-in.

“We wanted to give photographers of all levels a resource, literally right at their fingertips, that helps them find film and recommendations about how to maximize each film’s performance,” explains Dennis Olbrich, General Manager, Film, Paper & Output Systems and Vice President, Consumer Business, at Kodak. “In addition, this app also provides information where customers can find film development services, so that no matter where photographers are, they can find a lab that uses Kodak chemicals and paper to bring their photography to life.”

It asks you key questions such as what type of film you’re looking for, while offering advice on what kind of film to use, if you don’t know.

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Kodak discontinues T-Max P3200 black & white film

Kodak has quietly announced the discontinuation of its Professional T-Max P3200 black-and-white film, citing low demand.

“Due to low sales volumes, Kodak is ending production of Kodak Professional T-Max P3200 Film,” reads a statement published on Kodak’s website. “The demand for ultra high-speed black-and-white film has declined significantly, and it is no longer practical to coat such a small volume of product.”




The T-Max P3200 is the latest Kodak film to bite the dust following the discontinuation of the Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS Film and Kodak Professional Elite Chrome Extra Color 100 films, as well as Kodachrome in 2010.

With the discontinuation of the T-Max P3200, Kodak now suggests photographers turn to its T-Max 400 film, dubbed TMY-2. “The latitude of TMY-2 allows it to handle one stop of underexposure (EI 800) without being pushed,” claims Kodak. “In low light situations, TMY-2 delivers very good results when exposed at EI 1600 with increased development time.”

It adds: “Even though P3200 is approximately two stops faster than TMY-2 at comparable contrast levels, that extra speed comes with a significant grain penalty. In fact, for most applications TMY-2 is actually the better film choice. The exception would be extremely low light situations where P3200 might be able to pull out some shadow detail that would otherwise be lost with TMY-2.”

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