Just following up my post of a week or so ago, thinking about the possibilty that Color Implosion might be introduced again, I heard back from Adox last night. Here is firstly my query:
I tried to post this question yesterday but for some reason the content was wiped out. I’ll try again!
Having read your response to a question by Niall a few months ago, that you are no longer able to produce color film at the facility that produced the original Color Implosion, I wonder when you will be able to produce a color film, and whether you have plans to produce anything like Color Implosion.
I belong to a group at the Leica User Forum who post in a thread called “I Like Film” where we discuss the different types of film and show examples. I can say confidently that Adox Color Implosion has a very enthusiastic following there – in fact I think among us that we have probably bought up all the remaining stocks! We value it, I think, for it’s wonderful grain and subdued colors, the way red is reproduced, and an overall look and feel that is not available with any other film. In thoughtful hands, this film makes a wonderful tool for the fine art photographer.
So, on behalf of at least that group of people, I’d be interested to learn if you have any plans to post-process anything that will be anything like Color Implosion. I’m sure there are many others who’d be interested to learn the same.
Thank you and best regards,
and their response:
Mirko Böddecker Staff answered 16 hours ago
I wonder when you will be able to produce a color film
This question has been asked numerous times in various places. Colorfilm is currently produced by two players putting out this product at rock bottom prices on writen off machines in written off buildings and using written off technology and staff trained more than 20 years ago. It is prohibitive to enter this market from the outside. Even under the above circumstances the two players cannot make money (Fuji lives of Instax and Kodak of the movie industry). Thus there will be no one entering the color film market as long as this situation remains. A possible exemption is Film Ferrania because they have inherited the technology and (more important) stock of raw materials from which they can make film. But this project also need external financing and is progressing rather slowly.
So the answer for ADOX is: Not as long as a roll of color film costs less than 10 USD
We do have plans to post process other color material and make a new creative film but it will not be the same as Color Implosion and this stock will be limited as well because currently no color film is supplied at all by either Fuji or Kodak to third parties.
So there you go - it sounds from this as though colour film is only just hanging on at all. I guess our best bet is to buy it, shoot it and keep it ticking over.