12 April 2016
Instant film: coming and going
Fuji has announced that it intends to discontinue its last peel-apart Polaroid-type instant colour film. https://www.change.org/p/save-instant-film The black and white film (which created lovely images) went a couple of years ago so unless some one can persuade Fuji to licence them the right to produce it and lease the kit, this will be the end of an era and all our Polaroid backs for our MF cameras will become ornaments
Integral pack films like Impossible or Instax will remain, and the new type 55 (see http://www.new55.net) appears to be the market now and will be of interest to 5x4/4x5 users.
Critically important to the survival of film will of course be what we called in the industry ‘film burn’, namely the continued consumption of film by users in sufficient quantities to warrant its production. The petition above to encourage Fuji to think again on FP100C may have an effect: I have signed it in personal capacity; however the industry needs to think in a joined-up way about the importance of film photography in education, fine art, and in capturing the long-term interest in the art and science of photography of the Lomo generation. Key will be the introduction of new film cameras. APSc is very close to half-frame in its dimensions, so Fuji could sell even more X-mount lenses if it produced a half-frame film camera as well, and the likes likes of Pentax, Nikon, Canon and Sony have lenses that would work with a full-frame 35mm film SLR. The reintroduction of Pentax’s 645 film SLR in an updated form would mean the beautiful 645Z's lenses could also be used on a full-frame 645 film body.
David Healey ARPS, Chairman