Fujifilm film prices are going up globally by at least 30% on April 1st – No joke

Feb 25, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Fujifilm film prices are going up globally by at least 30% on April 1st – No joke

Feb 25, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

Fujifilm has announced that it will be implementing “a worldwide pricing revision for its photographic films and photographic papers”. Fujifilm says that they’ve been facing the rising cost of film and logistics. They say that they’ve absorbed some of the costs through structural reforms, but can not risk sacrificing the quality of their product, so prices are going up.

Given how few films Fujifilm produces these days, it doesn’t seem like much of a surprise that their costs are going up. The economies of scale work both ways. Increase production, costs go down. Decrease production, costs go up. And when you start killing off many of your most loved film products, production is definitely going to go down.

Fujifilm colour negative and colour reversal film, as well as Quick Snap and Control Strips are going to see a minimum increase of 30%.  And the whole line of Fujifilm photographic paper will increase by “a double-digit percentage”. So, anywhere between 10% and 99%. The exact wording from the Fujifilm press release states…

  1. Products and percent increase
    Photographic film :
    Color Negative Film, Color Reversal Film, Quick Snap, Control Strips
    The minimum increase is expected to 30%
    Photographic paper :
    All of Photographic paper
    The minimum increase is a double-digit percentage.
  2. Date of price increase
    Effective from April 1st, 2019 onward

    * Products, timing and percent increase may vary depending on market and regions.

Market demand will continue to be studied, Fujifilm says, and they will make adjustments to their “product assortment” as dictated by customers and market conditions. I think this means they’re preparing to kill off more film stock.

There’s no mention of Fuji Instax “Instant Film” or if they will be affected by this price increase.

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 responses to “Fujifilm film prices are going up globally by at least 30% on April 1st – No joke”

  1. Chris Brock Avatar
    Chris Brock

    It’s to make up for the 30% of photographers using film that will die of natural causes this year.

  2. Santa ate 3 Toes Avatar
    Santa ate 3 Toes

    youtubers got all film trendy the past 5-7 years and that helped get young kids into film but also ruined it again. Now many of these youtubers stopped making videos but also drove the prices up. Film is back to dying out all over again. Sad.