Fujifilm Kills Two Professional E-6 Films

More bad news for E-6 shooters - Fujifilm discontinues two professional films - namely Velvia 100F and 50. This comes on the heels of a price increase in April of this year, and the discontinuance of the following films in September of last year:

Negative Film:
Sheet film (cut size):

FujiColor Pro 160NC 4×5 20 sheet pack
Fujicolor Pro 160NC 4×5 Quick load type 20 sheet pack

Reversal film:
135 (35mm size):

Fuji Sensia III 100 24 exp roll
Fuji Sensia III 100 36 exp roll
Tungsten T64 36 exop roll

Medium format
120 size:

Astia 100F 12 exp 5 pack
220 size:
Astia 100F 24 exp 5 pack
Sheet film (cut size):
Astia 100F 4×5 20 sheet pack
Astia 100F 8×10 20 sheet pack
Astia 100F 4×5 quick load 20 sheet pack

Black and white negative film
135 (35mm size):

Neopan SS 36 exp roll

Fujifilm Professional is putting an end to the production of its Fujichrome Velvia 100F in 35mm, 120 and 4x5 formats and Velvia 50 in 4x5 and 8x10, BJP has learnt.

The last shipment of these films will arrive into the UK in December 2012.

"Due to decreasing demand globally we have to announce the withdrawal of some formats of Velvia 100F and Velvia 50," says Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film. "It is an unfortunate consequence of digital capture, that some of the slower selling silver-halide lines will drop off the radar. Fujifilm will continue to manufacture a wide range of film and the increasing support for our Choose Film group illustrates there is still a passion for film photography across the world."

Velvia 50 was first killed off in 2005, due to the unavailability of vital raw materials - only to be relaunched in August 2007 after Fujifilm developed substitute raw materials.

When the last shipments of Velvia 50 and 100F films will reach the UK, only three types of colour reversal films will remain in Fujifilm's range: Provia 100F, Provia 400X and Velvia 100.

In 2010, Fujifilm had already put an end to three professional films - the Neopan 400 120, Superia Reala 35mm and Pro 160S 35mm. A few months later, it also discontinued the full range of Fujichrome Sensia slide films.

Earlier this year, Fujifilm raised its prices across the entire range of consumer and professional films, blaming the decision on yen's appreciation and the cost of production, such as raw materials, oil and energy, continues to rise or stay at high level."

Kodak has also, in recent years, put an end to the production of some of its most iconic films - including Kodachrome, as well as its range of Ektachrome reversal films. In March, it also raised the prices on all its consumer and professional films.