Understandably, I was very excited to hear the news of Fujifilm bringing back NEOPAN 100 ACROS in the form of ACROS II earlier this year. So, when a second announcement came with details of a November 22nd Japanese release date, I started making calls to see if I could buy some. I got lucky and $190 dollars and a week later, I received my shipment; a brick each of 35mm and 120 ACROS II.
Fujifilm’s recently released Acros II starts shipping in Japan this month, but it looks like it’s possibly being manufactured by Ilford, and not Fujifilm themselves. The big clue comes via the Twitter feed of eto_silversalt who posted photos of Fuji’s new Acros II box in 120 format roll film, which clearly bears the mark “Made in UK”.
Well, the only commercial film manufacturer in the UK is Ilford. We’re not suggesting it’s any kind of rebranded Ilford film, something which Ilford categorically denies they do, but it is certainly possible that they might be manufacturing Acros II for Fuji. And it’s not like the two companies haven’t worked together before.
Fujifilm Acros 100 was pronounced pretty much dead in March of last year, during what appears to have been a mass cull of their film over the last few years. But then, just a few short months after its demise, the announcement came that Fujifilm was going to reintroduce some of their black and white films, due to an overwhelming demand from film photographers.
In June of this year, Fujifilm announced that the first black and white film to come back was going to be Fujifilm Across 100II. Technically, it’s not a rerelease, but a new version, to get around the availability (or a lack thereof) of raw materials in the original. Now, it’s set for release later this month.
For those of you who still enjoy shooting film, here comes interesting news from Lomography. The company has just announced the LomoChrome Metropolis XR 100–400, the first new color film in more than five years. Lomography explains that it “pays homage the mother of all colors: black,” giving your photos a unique look and feel.
Well, this is kinda cool. It appears that Fujifilm isn’t doing everything they can to forget film exists, after all. It was mentioned last July that Fuji might be planning to bring back some black & white film, and now they’ve just gone and made it official.
They’re starting with Neopan ACROS 100II. Technically, this isn’t a reintroduction. It’s a new formula, which Fuji says gets around the issue of raw material availability in the old ACROS 100 formula.
Dora Goodman is a creator of beautiful handcrafted and customised analogue film cameras. She’s always had an obsession with handmade objects, and cameras afford her many options to pursue that. She loves to design and build her own cameras from scratch. And for the last two years, Dora’s been working on an Open Source modular camera design that others can build for themselves.
Regular DIYP readers will know that I’ve been researching 3D printing recently. My goal is to see how one might be able to help me with my photography and video tasks. Primarily to keep things organised. There’s SD card cases, battery covers, lens cap clips, charging station doohickies and all kinds of goodies on sites like Thingiverse. But I also want to have some fun, too.
One photographic collection over on Thingiverse that’s particularly cool belongs to user Schlem. He’s created a whole bunch 3D printed pinhole cameras. Most of them are medium format but there are one or two large format ones, too. One of them is even stereoscopic. He’s put all the models up so you can download and print your own, and the results coming from some of these cameras are just amazing.
Looking back at all the new 35mm and 120 film stocks one can buy today, 2017 will probably be remembered as one the most thriving year for the film photography industry.
The demand is so high that companies considered long gone, are now back with new film stocks or updated versions of their old emulsions. We also see smaller scale companies achieving great successes like Cinestill, JCH or Film Washi which is known as “the world’s smallest company to produce photographic materials”.
Ferrania was restarted as FILM Ferrania in 2012 by Nicola Baldini and Marco Pagni. The pair took to Kickstarter in September 2014 to seek funding to resurrect the recently closed Ferrania film factories after 3M’s departure. Their goal was simple. To keep producing the popular 35mm and 120 format films Ferrania was famous for.
But a number of factors caused some pretty big delays. Issues with suppliers, harsh weather, and the discovery of asbestos in one of the buildings to name a few. Now, though, FILM Ferrania are now back and say they are close to starting up with E6 slide film production once again. After a successful coating test, and the restoration of a film slitter, it seems they may not be too far away.
Shooting directly onto positive paper has so far typically existed almost exclusively in the world of large format photography. Galaxy are no stranger to this type of product, having successfully ran a Kickstarter project last year to produce large format direct positive paper.
Galaxy have now announced they’re entering into the world of medium format photography with the their latest project for Galaxy Hyper Speed 120, 120 format rolls of direct positive paper.