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This is what happen when monopoly is formed. 

Kodak is now the last and sole colour film manufacturer.

Even Fujifilm left the field and let Kodak and Ilford made their film for them. 

By the way, there are only three B&W film manufacturers left : Kodak, Ilford and Foma. 
Fujifilm new B&W ACROS II is actually an Ilford made film. 

This is sad, no more competition in the film industry. Fujifilm should be rename Fujipharma or Fujinstax

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Let’s face it, it’s not Fujifilm’s, or any other film manufacturers’ fault that they let their existing film stocks dwindle and die. Digital was where it was at, the future. Analogue was dead and just needed to be buried. Then came the hipsters and influencers and they got hold of it all.

It happened with vinyl records, CDs were it, vinyl was dead, now it’s back.

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3 hours ago, nicci78 said:

This is what happen when monopoly is formed. 

Kodak is now the last and sole colour film manufacturer.

Even Fujifilm left the field and let Kodak and Ilford made their film for them. 

By the way, there are only three B&W film manufacturers left : Kodak, Ilford and Foma. 
Fujifilm new B&W ACROS II is actually an Ilford made film. 

This is sad, no more competition in the film industry. Fujifilm should be rename Fujipharma or Fujinstax

There is also InovisCoat, now under the same ownership as FilmoTec, bringing together the Agfa successor companies from West and East Germany. They'll be selling ORWO branded black and white, and colour film derived from motion picture stock. InovisCoat also makes products for other brands including Adox and Lomography.

https://www.orwo.shop

It's unclear exactly what Fuji are doing. The once ubiquitous Superia 400 is pretty much unavailable in countries like the UK, though it has appeared in the US with fresh expiry dates. The film production line was reportedly mothballed early in the pandemic, but some sort of production has apparently restarted. Whether that goes all the way back to coating the emulsion is another thing (they could have prepared and cold-stored a large stockpile some time ago for cutting and packaging later, as some rumours have suggested - a fresh expiry date only tells us that a box of film once released is good now and will remain so for another couple of years, not when the stock was coated). Let's hope there is still full production and that Fuji will respond to the current global demand.

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Yes, hopefully Fujifilm haven't irreversibly halted their film production. Film manufacture is no doubt like vinyl record production. Easy to close down manufacturing capacity during the era of declining sales but difficult/impossible to increase capacity when demand bounces back.

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9 hours ago, nicci78 said:

 

Even Fujifilm left the field and let Kodak and Ilford made their film for them. 

 

Nope.  Fuji is making colour film.  I recently bought a few cases of 200 and 400, both labelled made in Japan, both with expiry dates in 2024.

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I learned how to mix ECN-2 chemistry and have been shooting Kodak Vision3. 50d is probably my favorite color print film of all time. Absolutely beautiful. 250d is a close second. They both have wonderful color and huge latitude. I highly suggest looking into this if you're planning on shooting much color stock. I buy 100' rolls of these, and I think my per roll cost is about $5. No problems with supply whatsoever (36 exposures is less than a second of motion picture film). This was shot with 250d:

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25 minutes ago, quietglow said:

I learned how to mix ECN-2 chemistry and have been shooting Kodak Vision3. 50d is probably my favorite color print film of all time. Absolutely beautiful. 250d is a close second. They both have wonderful color and huge latitude. I highly suggest looking into this if you're planning on shooting much color stock. I buy 100' rolls of these, and I think my per roll cost is about $5. No problems with supply whatsoever (36 exposures is less than a second of motion picture film). This was shot with 250d:

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Looks great!

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4 hours ago, quietglow said:

I learned how to mix ECN-2 chemistry and have been shooting Kodak Vision3. 50d is probably my favorite color print film of all time. Absolutely beautiful. 250d is a close second. They both have wonderful color and huge latitude. I highly suggest looking into this if you're planning on shooting much color stock. I buy 100' rolls of these, and I think my per roll cost is about $5. No problems with supply whatsoever (36 exposures is less than a second of motion picture film). This was shot with 250d:

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Any tips on how you load it and use it 

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18 hours ago, nicci78 said:

This is what happen when monopoly is formed. 

Kodak is now the last and sole colour film manufacturer.

Even Fujifilm left the field and let Kodak and Ilford made their film for them. 

By the way, there are only three B&W film manufacturers left : Kodak, Ilford and Foma. 
Fujifilm new B&W ACROS II is actually an Ilford made film. 

This is sad, no more competition in the film industry. Fujifilm should be rename Fujipharma or Fujinstax

And adox? Crumbling

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6 hours ago, quietglow said:

I learned how to mix ECN-2 chemistry and have been shooting Kodak Vision3. 50d is probably my favorite color print film of all time. Absolutely beautiful. 250d is a close second. They both have wonderful color and huge latitude. I highly suggest looking into this if you're planning on shooting much color stock. I buy 100' rolls of these, and I think my per roll cost is about $5. No problems with supply whatsoever (36 exposures is less than a second of motion picture film). This was shot with 250d:

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Looking into this a bit more it looks easy to order 400 ft or 1000 ft. rolls and the price gets better and better. Is the developing process much different aside from different chemicals and washing off the remjet after blix?

 

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