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FP-100C discontinued
Old 02-29-2016   #1
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FP-100C discontinued

Top link is the press release, bottom one is the product page. The red annotation (生産終了いたしました) means "production discontinued".

http://fujifilm.jp/information/articlead_0384.html

http://fujifilm.jp/personal/filmandc...peelapart.html
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Darn, that stinks... I guess I'd better stock up.
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Old 02-29-2016   #3
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Yeesh... getting harder and harder to keep using 4x5 professionally. Even worse now that preview/proofing media is being discontinued.

Not sure I can justify going to Digital MF and a 2x3 camera (and all new lenses) - but I may not have a choice.
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this is bad...I love my (father's) 340 camera
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Just like Polaroid was only an approximation of the final photograph, you can use a digital camera as proofing tool. You don't have to go all digital.

Still bad news for those using pack film cameras, this sucks
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That's too bad. Fortunately, 3 x 4 FP100c is still being made... for now.
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Jesus.

Quite a paradoxical situation... INSTAX, the integral film is thriving; while packfilm is left to die. Fuji could have used the leverage of INSTAX for maintaining a healthy packfilm market.
Bad news, who knows if someone could take over the machinery now that it might be seemingly not used. Unsettling for the rest of the film line too, E6 isn't in a very solid ground too.


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That's too bad. Fortunately, 3 x 4 FP100c is still being made... for now.
Oops, I thought it was all FP100c discontinued. Still, not good.
Again, as of 4x5 machinery, IP could get a hold of it though I don't know if it would be feasible as of now.
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That's too bad. Fortunately, 3 x 4 FP100c is still being made... for now.
Are you sure? The announcement certainly looks like production of all fp-100c is ending. On the product page it says that 3.25 x 4.35 is ending?
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Are you sure? The announcement certainly looks like production of all fp-100c is ending. On the product page it says that 3.25 x 4.35 is ending?
That is correct, unfortunately. The 4x5 was discontinued a while ago; this time it's the remaining quarter-plate film and holder.
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http://www.japancamerahunter.com/201...el-apart-film/

This link, from the Japan Camera Hunter on Feb 20, indicates it is only 4x5 at this time. I hope that's the case, but now I am not sure..
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http://www.japancamerahunter.com/201...el-apart-film/

This link, from the Japan Camera Hunter on Feb 20, indicates it is only 4x5 at this time. I hope that's the case, but now I am not sure..

Unfortunately, that link is from 2014
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Crap. Very sad now.
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Crap. Very sad now.
+1. Sadly I got it right in getting the message that it's all pack film.
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this is bad news. this was the only instant film left or me to use on my rz67....what now!
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Old 02-29-2016   #15
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I wonder at what point will Fujifilm rename themselves just Fuji? Seems other than Instax there isn't much incentive (in their opinion) to remain in analog...

I haven't shot film for over a decade, so kind of out of the instant film loop, but isn't something similar available from Impossible Project?. As for E-6, Ferrania is aiming at that niche. Sure, it's not Fuji emulsions, but still, better than nothing? At the least they seem to be passionate about film and open to customer feedback/requests. Can't say the same about Fuji(film).
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it was the last type 100 pack film.. and now cameras became paper weights.. there's one last project with it ahead of me. after that.. I'm honestly devastated...
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I suspect that the Impossible Project or someone else will sooner or later come up with instant pack film - there was no point in going there while there was firmly established (and unbeatably cheap) competition around. But technically, it is easier than integral...
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I suspect that the Impossible Project or someone else will sooner or later come up with instant pack film - there was no point in going there while there was firmly established (and unbeatably cheap) competition around. But technically, it is easier than integral...
New55 is doing it from scratch, isn't it? I do recall IP saying no to peel apart 4x5 as they didn't have any machinery. Will see.
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New55 is doing it from scratch, isn't it? I do recall IP saying no to peel apart 4x5 as they didn't have any machinery. Will see.
It does not take all that much machinery - arguably less for the sheet film New55 offer than for pack film. But the Fuji equipment might be available now...
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Just like Polaroid was only an approximation of the final photograph, you can use a digital camera as proofing tool. You don't have to go all digital.

Still bad news for those using pack film cameras, this sucks
Depends on how you shoot, I guess. I like to have a better preview with extensive movements, and from camera position reflections.
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as much as you can use a digital to get a preview a digital body and extra lens is more hassle. i would have to mount my digital on the tripod take shot then mount my rz67
which would be a different field of view. with the polaroid back you get a view of how the picture will be like. if you dont like it you can amend framing or exposure and then just switch backs.
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I'm glad I didn't buy the Polaroid 250 I had on evaluation a few months ago. First FP3000B, and now this - what a shame. I very much liked the results from both films.
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Stock up or sell camera quickly?
Most places I looked were on back order, I did place an order so I have my fingers crossed that it will go through. My 250 land was my wife's grandmother's camera so it'll be a shelf queen before I sell it.
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I paid over $200 for a modified Land 250........
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RANT MODE..................Freaking FUJI. Now; just *after raising prices, announces the discontinuing of FP-100c. SO everyone who wants the last of it will pay that *extra* amount to fuji; who, INSTEAD of say, making a new run with the massive profits, just sticks the cash in pocket and sells the machines for scrap. THIS is why I stopped using Neopan 400 my fav film of all time even tho I still could find rolls. and why I don’t support fuji. They care NOTHING of the actual user of their products other than a profit source. They will do the same to ACROS and anything else still left in the freezer at Fuji. RANT OFF as I dust off the Polaroid back for my Rollei 6008i.
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Most businesses are in business to make money. It's pretty black and white and not a decision you make with emotion.

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Oh don't tell me that Fuji Could Not make money from continuing FP-100c. They'll sell every single pack they make.
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I shot a bunch in the last year but sold the last of my stock. Now I wished I'd kept a few packs. Out of stock in the usual places and $20 per pack on Amazon. My cameras didn't cost too much like raid's. Still have one unused battery for my 420/450.

Oh wait, my cameras still have film in them!
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Instax films and cameras are the *ONLY* Fuji camera system that show growth and profitability. All their digital camera sales are dropping and the whole digital camera business is generally dying. It's all clearly stated in their latest financial report. Instead of widening their profitable Instax offerings from the current credit card size Instax Mini films to something larger they now decide to kill the 3x4 pack film. It just doesn't make sense.
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It just doesn't make sense.
Sure it does.

Kodak can tell you what thinking that you should concentrate on what is profitable at the moment does to you.

Fuji clearly doesn't think that film products can be a viable, long term, core business for them (even though marketing people will tell you otherwise - "commited to film, blah, blah..."). That is why digital will be sold even at a loss (at the moment) and film will be dropped (or prices raised) the second its profits drop below certain threshold.
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Is this the same instant film that can be used with the hasselblad "polaroid" back? Sorry for such a naive question but I havent used my "polaroid" back for so long that I forget.

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Unique Photo still has it in stock at $13.50. And you can still order it from B & H at $10.99 even though it is backorder but they expect some in shortly.
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Unique Photo still has it in stock at $13.50. And you can still order it from B & H at $10.99 even though it is backorder but they expect some in shortly.
just ordered 10 packs. price has gone up since yesterday.

if anyone is in uk/europe go to marodirect. it was 12.98euro yesterday but now 14.95euro.

i only started using film last year and love the process from start to finish. feels like a losing battle to keep my joy of this format going. i tried neopan 400 and i absolutely loved how it looked. i wish i was into photography when they still was available.
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Instax films and cameras are the *ONLY* Fuji camera system that show growth and profitability.
Are you sure?

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All their digital camera sales are dropping and the whole digital camera business is generally dying.
Wishful thinking?

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It's all clearly stated in their latest financial report. Instead of widening their profitable Instax offerings from the current credit card size Instax Mini films to something larger they now decide to kill the 3x4 pack film. It just doesn't make sense.
Perhaps Instax is popular due to its size?
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Unique Photo still has it in stock at $13.50. And you can still order it from B & H at $10.99 even though it is backorder but they expect some in shortly.
I placed an order for 15 rolls of film before they stated it was back ordered. I hope that my order will be filled.
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Are you sure?
I'm referring to Fuji's latest financial statement.

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Wishful thinking?

I hope I'm wrong but overall digital camera sales figures look really horrible. The number of digital cameras sold this year is something in a ballpark of one fifth of what they sold seven or eight years ago. There's absolutely no growth in sight for digital camera market. No industry can survive for long such a brutal market evolution. Leica is the only company that is still making some profit on digital cameras (that's not because they make superior products but because it's a rare Veblen product, which is totally fine and I hope it continues)

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Perhaps Instax is popular due to its size?
Could be. Another explanation could be there are no other image sizes available. In a normal situation when a company stumbles upon a product that brings about growth and money they will try to offer modifications (smaller, larger, cheaper, more expensive etc.) to find out all available pockets of demand. Fuji is now doing the opposite.
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Leica is the only company that is still making some profit on digital cameras...
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