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Fujifilm Discontinues Neopan 400 B&W and Provia 400X Slide Film

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Unfortunately, the news that a particular type of film is being discontinued is anything but surprising these days. And even though we haven’t had reason to report any such news for a little while, we can once again cue “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, this time in honor of Fujifilm’s Neopan 400 B&W film and Provia 400X slide film.

The news was first reported by Los Angeles, CA-based Freestyle Photographic Supplies when they posted this bulletin on their Facebook page. The marketing update officially confirms that we’ve seen the last of the Provia 400X and Neopan 400 films.

“We know that any discontinuation of a well-loved and long established product can be difficult to adjust to for both the retailers and the end-user,” says the bulletin. “However, in order to gain efficiencies and proper utilization of line capacity, it is necessary to review volumes and make appropriate decisions moving forward.”

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For those of you who shoot exclusively Fujifilm, that leaves you with three slide film options and only one black-and-white option, all of them slower: Provia 100F, Velvia 100, Velvia 50 and Neopan 100, respectively.

Photograph shot using a Nikon FM2 on Neopan 400 film

Photograph shot using a Nikon FM2 on Neopan 400 film

For now, you should still be able to find stock of both the Provia 400X and Neopan 400 — some forum users who saw this coming are already boasting about their secret stockpiles — but once the stock runs out, Fujifilm is suggesting your switch to Provia 100F and Neopan 100 respectively … not that you have much in way of choices.

(via The Phoblographer)


Image credit: by li-penny


 
 
  • Matthew Wagg

    So sad that Fuji outright lied about keeping film alive. 400 rated film is brilliant in 120. Provia I adore but I guess no more. Neopan is one of those films you must try. Its a good job there are alternatives to shoot with. Bad Fuji, breaking your promises. I didn’t think you were like politicians.

  • Desperate4Neopan400

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Film Shooters Collective

    Sad news indeed. Looks like Ilford can take my money for black and white.

  • Michael Choi

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Michael Choi

    DAMN is it too late to spend my million dollar savings to build a walk in cooler and stock all the remaining stock of Neopan 400?

  • Tyler

    Sucks but considering what they were charging for Provia 400x, its not a surprise, nobody wanted to pay that much for it..

  • Lee Young

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that the example photo of Neopan 400 quite appalling and doesn’t represent the good quality of the film? I mean, I’m sure there are many better photos taken with a Neopan 400…

  • aa

    =(

  • timo musgrove

    NOOOOO NOT NEOPAN T_T (time to stock up)

  • Stanco55

    Never tried it, but now there are two (major) choices left. And the noose draws ever tighter…

  • Jeroen van weert

    Neopan 400 in 120 format is not in the list, so lucky for mediumformat shooters, that one is still available.

    Hasselbladuser

  • Paul

    Same price as 100f in Europe, so that’s not it. For the blacka nd white I kind of get it as there is a lot of competition from boutique manufacturers, but there is simply no alternative to 400x on the market at all!

  • Thomas

    That has been discontinued for a few years now.

    Acros is the only b&w Fuji emulsion from now on, unless they make b&w cinema stock or X-ray film that I’m unaware of.

  • Thomas

    Kodak, Ilford, Foma, and Adox make film for us. Ferrania has plans to start producing films in 2014 again.

  • http://keyofnight.com/ keyofnight

    How does this mean they lied? They’re still making all kinds of film, aren’t they?

  • Matthew Wagg

    Well they said they’d be committed to the film lines they had which included Provia and Neopan.
    I’m more upset about neopan as its the one film that doesn’t need adjustments to the reciprocity law to be used on long exposures

  • http://edwardolive.info/ Edward Olive Fotografo de boda

    Neopan 1600 was the one I liked. Was much finer than the Ilford 3200