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Maoby: It's a design that strongly influenced the look of the Fujifilm Fotonex 4000 SL (1996)
One of the first APS on the market (the APS format was probably the biggest flop in the history of photography)

Here is my first and last APS :)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/albums/72157642815223364

$500 million in sales in one year for one company is probably not what I would call “a flop” - https://rbj.net/1997/02/07/after-one-year-impact-of-aps-seen-in-market/

But let’s not let numbers get in the way of received wisdom :-)

Link | Posted on May 7, 2022 at 20:53 UTC
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librarystar: need more color films, not only positive but also reverse films

I do two things with colour negative scans - either SilverFast using the correct preset for the negative and max/min adjusted to fit + possibly adjust the midpoint slightly, or for films that SilverFast doesn’t support (primarily Vision3) then a linear raw scan and load into ColorPerfect for inversion. It’s pretty much impossible to do a IT-8 type correction with negative film without using Macbeth type charts which removes all the film colours. My scanning isn’t “neutral” but it is consistent and repeatable.

I’ve not used much Velvia, I used to use a lot of Kodachrome, which is good for colour stability but bad for scanning ! For me Ektachrome E100 has pretty much removed any desire to “bring Kodachrome back”, it’s so smooth and lifelike, and scans easily if you want to.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2022 at 11:11 UTC
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librarystar: need more color films, not only positive but also reverse films

No need for a darkroom - straight scans with default curves for the film type and save as JPEG. Or even better shoot slide film, then if you want to scan you can use IT-8 target for the particular film and calibrate your scanner. Whereas for a digital camera image you have almost nothing unless you process it.

The new Ektachrome is my favourite film at the moment, just a bit pricy (and not too good for winter). I think the age where Portra means film photography is pretty much over, both because of price and there are so many other good films available

Link | Posted on May 1, 2022 at 19:55 UTC
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Filmore Eastman: I took a look at film prices today. Yikes! Much higher than back in the day.

They’re pretty much in line with inflation, it’s just that the per capture cost of digital is very low. But as they say “you get what you pay for”

Link | Posted on May 1, 2022 at 18:31 UTC
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librarystar: need more color films, not only positive but also reverse films

@librarystar The ECN-2 film looks promising. I’m shooting quite a bit of Vision3 at the moment and liking it

Link | Posted on May 1, 2022 at 18:29 UTC
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librarystar: need more color films, not only positive but also reverse films

@4Photos Portra isn’t the be all and end all of colour films. I shoot a lot of colour film and have only ever shot two rolls of Portra. Just because a lot of people have heard of it recently doesn’t make it the whole story. As for digital processing, that’s why I shoot film, so I don’t need to

Link | Posted on May 1, 2022 at 18:28 UTC
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John Swenson: And in other news that 99.99% of all photographers could care less about, Fujifilm announced that it's raising the price of an old-fashioned product that many photographers used in the 20th century called film...

And in other news that 99.99% of photographers couldn’t care about (because they use phones) a new digital camera is released for the price of a small car …

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2022 at 07:41 UTC
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HJVN: Wonder if any of our modern Super advanced mirrorless cameras in a hundred years' time, will be worth that much, except for some special edition Leicas.

@Old Cameras Nothing is “worth” anything, only what people are prepared to pay for it. (And I don’t mean “nothing” in a backhanded way, like “NO-ONE would be a better prime minister/president than X” :-) )

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2022 at 15:00 UTC
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Kerensky97: I don't want to say that Fuji is getting out of the film business just because they're cutting back production lines during the supply crunch. I mean Sony isn't getting out of camera's because they've paused some production lines during the supply crunch. But Fuji gets most of it's money from other products in it's portfolio, unlike Kodak they could just kill the film and focus on Digital and Instax and still have most of their income.
If happens it's a shame, but also not a bad business plan. If it comes to pass it just means more investment in good Fuji digital systems, and more film consumers giving money to Kodak, Ilford, and the other "film only" companies.

In this article https://petapixel.com/2021/07/09/fujifilm-pivoting-to-healthcare-but-claims-it-wont-abandon-photography/ the CEO of Fujifilm said that “despite the company’s majority pivot away from the camera industry, he would not seek to divest away from it or sell it off”. The article then says “ Because the company has decades of experience in photo chemicals and in layering technology — and it is still profitable — film will remain a major player in the brand’s assets. ” but no “additional investment in imaging was mentioned, however, and with so much of Fujifilm’s attention focused on healthcare, it is unclear how important imaging [presumably including digital] is to the company’s long-term strategy.“ So it doesn’t look like there’s a shift from film to digital, but away from both

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2022 at 19:40 UTC
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Kerensky97: I don't want to say that Fuji is getting out of the film business just because they're cutting back production lines during the supply crunch. I mean Sony isn't getting out of camera's because they've paused some production lines during the supply crunch. But Fuji gets most of it's money from other products in it's portfolio, unlike Kodak they could just kill the film and focus on Digital and Instax and still have most of their income.
If happens it's a shame, but also not a bad business plan. If it comes to pass it just means more investment in good Fuji digital systems, and more film consumers giving money to Kodak, Ilford, and the other "film only" companies.

They were having to say they weren’t getting out of photography (digital and film), so all that’s lumped together. Tbh their digital cameras only make 3 times as much turnover as their non Instax film, so that’s not on such a sure footing (Instax 9%, digital 3%, film 1%)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2022 at 13:26 UTC
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Vitriol: Since when "decreasing demand" is making prices soar?
I am huge film fan since 2008, but Fujifilm has been continuously killing the market.

Comparisons of historic film prices ( e.g. https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/64549647 and https://silvergrainclassics.com/en/2021/10/film-prices-analysed/ ) show that film is actually pretty much at the average cost pre-digital. It’s just that now its cost is being compared to a very low incremental per shot cost of digital, and also the very low film prices when excess stock was dumped on the market

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2022 at 22:37 UTC
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LenRivers: the film and processing may just cost more than the film camera these days :)

Fomopan + developing is around £8.50 roll, 12 shots per roll, so closer to 2,250 frames of 120.

As for digital, 1,000 images of your feet don’t exactly help extend the human condition….

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2022 at 11:03 UTC
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skmendiratta: now velvia 50 discontinued and velvia 100 banned in usa, i dont know how many slide film or pro film are left from fuji to increase prices.
Fuji is on the line to close their line whereas Kodak is still trying to provide films.

@RedFox88 No, that’s not the case - Kodak make film, Kodak Alaris sell it

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2022 at 21:04 UTC
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LenRivers: the film and processing may just cost more than the film camera these days :)

A Hasselblad with a lens and back (“an outfit”) can easily cost £1,500 - that’ll buy a lot of film and developing

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2022 at 21:03 UTC
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Franz Weber: Damn, I still haven’t figured out how to get this film into my iPhone!

This is my idea of a “Retina” display - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Retina

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2022 at 05:39 UTC
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ARHK: Sigh, another example of the photography industry surrendering to smartphone cameras, soon only billionaires will be able to afford photography equipment, film or digital. But they won't buy it either they're too interested in spaceships.

Seriously is it just me or do the camera companies want to die?

Film is the cash cow for Fujifilm - they make 9% of their profit from Instax, 3% from digital cameras and 1% from other film. More Instax cameras are sold per year than all dedicated digital ILC (by all manufacturers)

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2022 at 05:38 UTC
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Vitriol: Since when "decreasing demand" is making prices soar?
I am huge film fan since 2008, but Fujifilm has been continuously killing the market.

@danieladougan When demand for film went down the price went down too - a few years ago I was buying rebadged C200 for £1 a roll. Since then the demand has gone up and the price has increased back to historical levels. No film company, bar Fujifilm, is saying that demand is going down.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2022 at 05:34 UTC
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forest dream: Most important statement:"as well as the decline in demand.’'

The full statement was “ decline in demand for photographic-related products.” which included their digital cameras too. For some strange reason those four words were missed out of the article :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2022 at 13:05 UTC
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Kerensky97: I'm just laughing at all the people crying that "Film is dead"! If you follow the story of the resurrection of the Ferrania film company (because film is so dead old factories are being brought back online), you'll know that color film is complicated and harder to produce than B&W. Yet there are 3 new color films released this month.

Meanwhile film stocks are being bought faster than factories can produce it, the demand is so high prices are skyrocketing everywhere and STILL selling out. That's not a dead industry, just the opposite; film is booming so much now most people are worrying it's going into a economic bubble.

Is it going to replace digital? No, that's stupid, nobody is saying that; but it's certainly not dead. Meanwhile Fuji is it's own thing, they have other sources of revenue and so they can exit the market and not care, the film division is just a part of the conglomerate. But all the film centric companies are seeing more demand than since the pre-digital days.

@Karensky97 I watch Nico’s show on YouTube - entertaining and informative. I think it was that particular episode where he talked about Kodak having enough capacity to make master rolls for Fujifilm and CineStill, just not sufficient finishing capacity.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2022 at 20:10 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: Another step in Fujifilm's cycle of hiking prices then a short time later discontinuing products because of a (very surprising...) decline in demand. It's suicide by a thousand cuts.

Fujifilm's products are already the most expensive on the market and their best films are long gone so I don't see how they could possibly think that people will pay even more inflated prices to keep using what's left.

It's funny how these continuous massive price increases only hit the big two film producers and not the smaller ones. I can only conclude that they are being run in such an incredibly inefficient manner that they're collapsing under their own weight.

Kodak brought back Ektachrome (as E100). Excellent film, imo the best colour imaging bar none, film or digital.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2022 at 20:06 UTC
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