Fuji Discontinues three film camers

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  1. ajuk

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    http://photorumors.com/2012/08/07/fujifilm-discontinues-three-compact-film-cameras/

    Fujifilm issued a press release that they will discontinue the production of the Natura Classica ($299), Klasse W ($559) and Clear Shot M compact film cameras.

    I'm not sure if this means they still make any film cameras. This is a shame, I do hope that we haven't seen the last of Fuji coming out with new modern film cameras. They were the only company to really show use what could be achieved when you combine the latest technology with film camera production and the only company to really come out with new modern film cameras after 2004, and I assumed this was because it was in their interest to do so, but it would seem that that isn't even intensive enough anymore?
     
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    :sad:
     
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    This link is SEVEN months old! No news here.
     
  4. ajuk

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    Well, had it been previously posted?
     
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    "Klasse W Black" is still listed.

    As is "Klasse S".

    Also their MF rangefinder cameras and their instant cameras are still listed as in production.
     
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    Yes.
     
  7. Richard S. (rich815)

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    And how many people here have any of those three cameras?
     
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    That a thread may only informative to few members should be no reason not to start it.
     
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    I think it would've helped if they'd sold them worldwide, why did they only sell these cameras in Japan?
     
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    It makes me sad...any news that a film camera, film, etc is being discontinued...
     
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    Well, Fuji also introduced new cameras recently. (Variations of their Instax models.)
     
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    I followed this up fearing the loss of the RF cameras (not that I could ever afford one), and eventually found myself on Fuji's Global site ... where the Film & Cameras product section mentions only instant and single-use cameras.
    (I'm not suggesting a conspiracy, just that it seems ridiculous to produce something so good and then not mention it)
     
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    Fujifilm's web sites are APPALLING. Just awful in every sense of the word. Hell, they claim to still be making digital SLR's there, even though they stopped that 4-5 years ago.
     
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    I would say Fuji's marketing and customer service in general is pretty damn appalling. I've never even heard of a Klasse W until I opened this thread. Now that I've looked it up I think it seems like a neat little camera (though rather crazy in price). I had no idea this thing ever even existed!! :blink:

    Don't even get me started on the poor way they marketed the GF670/Bessa III. It is an amazing tool (I own one) but tracking it down and finding solid information on the internet about it was insane.
     
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    First of all, it is indeed very old news. Already discussed here on apug last summer.

    Well blaming them is quite unfair, because

    - e.g. the Klasse W and S cameras were introduced in 2006. At a time when lots of other camera manufacturers already had stopped the production of film cameras
    - when they introduced these models they clearly said its a limited series of 8000 cameras, offered in the Japanese market. Now this 8000 batch is sold, that's it.

    Kudos to Fuji that they had offered these very fine cameras in the time of the digital tsunami. Any other film manufacturer who introduced such cameras in 2006? No.

    If you really want to blame someone, blame the apuggers and members of other film forums.
    Because everytime if someone ask whether he should buy a brand new film based camera, then immediately dozens of forum members join in and say "don't buy a new camera, that would be idiotic, you can get it used so much cheaper....and so on".
    The same people are then complaining when manufacturers stop production.
    Without demand, they of course cannot keep production running.

    How much new cameras have you bought recently?

    Please don't blame me, I've bought three brand new ones. I've done my part to keep production of film based cameras running.

    Best regards,
    Henning
     
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    It's sad to hear. Good news there is plenty of good used cameras left.

    Jeff
     
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    Thank you so much for posting that! The only used photographic equipment I've ever purchased consists of a few unique items that were no longer available new. In all other cases, I bought brand new things, waiting, if necessary until sufficient discretionary funds were available.
     
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    Well, no one replied to my earlier question above so I think we have our answer. NO one here owns one of these three cameras? I know they were mostly for the Japanese market but we have people who live in Japan as members. I have a Klasse-S but bought it used. Lament all you want but unless we buy actively these cameras just what do we expect?
     
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    I used to have a Klasse S, and had a GF670 for a very short time. The GF670 is *outstanding*, but I had to send it back for a fault and ended up with something else in the end. The Klasse is a lovely compact camera, but my tastes have changed to more classic cameras, i.e. no motor winds, autofocus etc. But really, I'd be delighted to own either one again.
     
  20. Richard S. (rich815)

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    That's good. None of those are the discontinued ones posted by the OP: Natura Classica, Klasse W, and Clear Shot M.