Fujifilm has confirmed that it has discontinued a number of its Neopan, Provia, Superia and Reala films
A recent announcement from Fuji, Fuji Confirms Film Discontinuations, highlights the continued transition from traditional to digital photography. Unfortunately, color film is not easy to produce, market, and process. Unlike black and white film, which is relatively easy to make, color film includes many specialized chemicals and involves a complicated multilayer coating process.
When will manufacturers be unable to support production of color film? Please vote and I will tabulate the results:
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
I think it will always be available – like paper books and vinyl records which are pretty much outdated by today’s technology but are still around. Many people enjoy film & the processes involved with them and someone will supply to that demand.
I think professional photographers will always want it.
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