Fuji not supplying OEM film any more?

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  1. ajuk

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    According to the Firstcall catalogue their Tudor range of films is being discontinued as Fuji have decided to stop all "private label" films, is this true seems suicidal to me and a real shame since I love being able to get Fuji C200 (or maybe Superia 200, I'm not sure if Fuji still make two 200 speed emulations anymore) from a place called Poundland here in the UK for the pricey some of one pound. It's the cheapest price by far I've been able to get a semi decent emultion for that price for years, and I fear I'm digressing.
     
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    Suicidal? What do you mean? I imagine it was no longer profitable....
     
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    Tudor is/was one of the large consumer photo-processing services in the UK, who, like many others such as Bonusprint, Truprint, Lloyds, Boots, etc., supplied their own private-label films. Clearly consumer demand for analog "D&P" is much reduced, so it is not surprising that some of these private-label films have vanished from the scene.

    (I don't have the current Firstcall printed catalogue, but I cannot find any statement on their website that Tudor is discontinued?)

    Whatever the position with Tudor, it doesn't follow that Fuji have ceased all private-label manufacture. I would like to see see definitive confirmation direct from Fuji before another set of "discontinuation" rumours is started.
     
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    As far as I know there never was a press release by Fuji saying that they are converting their films for private-labels.
    Thus I don't expect a statement on a discontinuation of such practise.
     
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    If it's true, I wonder who will make the colour films for Agfa Photo (Lupus Imaging & Media) in future?.
     
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    We then still would have Kodak with their private-label supply.
     
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    Kodak has stopped selling private lable B&W, wounder if they will sell private lable color? Now that the oprhaned rolls of Konica, Agfa and Ferrina are gone and only Kodak and Fuji marketing color film, at least in the US, I dont know if they see any reason to sell private label. The last Lucky I have seen was in Walmart disposable cameras, but have seen rolls of Lucky in several years.
     
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    They do since several years at least in Germany.
     
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    Lucky ceased production of colour Film last year.
     
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    What about the Lomography people - they are supposed to have secured their own production - perhaps they have got access to the Lucky colour facilities? There is also a 35mm colour film called Sunny emanating from China in 100 & 200 ISO speeds. The box & canister is quite different from Lucky so it's not clear who makes that. Even more intriguing, I recently came across a 35mm colour print film with the strange name of My Heart. It can be got from sellers in China on ebay, but it's not necessarily made there. I purchased three rolls but not yet used them. The film offers 27 exposures, 200 ISO and surprisingly is not DX coded. Everything on the box is in English but no manufacturer or country of origin is given. Again the canister differs from those used by Sunny & Lucky so maybe there is yet another mystery manufacturer? Maybe it emanates from the rumoured facility in North Korea? Some N.Korean products apparently find their way to the Chinese market. I just hope the film is frame numbered! But I don't suppose any of these people, whoever they are, will be stepping in Fuji's shoes to supply private label films!
     
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    The signing (markings at the rebate) is done during the conversion from a masterroll (or an intermediate) to the final format. And then in case of re-branding typically not with a hint at the original manufacturer.
     
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    You are right. I was taking my conclusions from Agfaphoto Vista Plus 200 which has the code CA24 on the rebate. That seems to be a Fuji code as Superia 200 is CA23.
    Saying that, I had re-branded film that was difficult to identify as there was no manufacturer code, just as you said above.
     
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    I guess you are right: I did not think of a certain manufacturer related code.
     
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    Ferrania stoped film production a while ago now. So if they were the supplier, the sorce will have to change.

    The look at the edge printing trick will work sometimes, I used to us it to decide if cheap depertment store colour film was fuji or Konica. As others have said, it only works if the original factory did the conversion from master rolls. If a small firm does not have the right packaging equipment the film may have no edge markings, or unique edge marking no mater how made the stock they are converting.
     
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    Wonder what their film is like since they are using Ferrenia technology.
     
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    I think you are right about the Sunny film. Since my previous post, I've dug about a bit more and read that Ferrania had licensed their film technology to the people who own the "Sunny" brand. So in theory, when the Ferrania master rolls run out, Sunny could continue making films to the Ferrania specification. That assumes they have a coating facility or access to one, or maybe they are already doing this - I have no idea. The films are currently still available on ebay, so it will be interesting to see if they continue to be.

    As to the strangely named "My Heart" film, again I came across a reference to this being made in China but no information as to the actual manufacturer.
     
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    OK you guys, the thread made me buy 5 rolls of "sunny 100".

    Film is packed in a canister that looks similar to what Ferannia used to use, but I have not had a chance to do a side by side comparison. Cassette is crimped, and has the brand information in at least three colour lithography. (Blue with Orange and White) The DX barcode is labled 013954. The Emulsion surface has a sheen that looks similar to the sheen on "lomography 110 film".
    The back of the film looks about as dark as Plux-X pan so they are using some sort of Anti-hallo in the undercoat. The film seems fairly translucent.

    The box is in english only (no Chinese characters) and assures that "You can get ideal process results by using C-41 process liquid" The Expiry date and emulsion number are in the form of a sticker - expiry 2014/06 emulsion 2014/04. Color is spelt the American way with no "u"

    Claims to be made by Hua Tian Fu Photo Materials Co. Ltd of Shantou City

    Will probably be several months before I get around to shooting a roll and sending it off to be processed, (I mostly only do B&W at home)
     
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    From where are you getting it? (I find it impossible to track down) Or have a you a lot of freezer stock?
     
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    Going back to the start of the thread....has anyone any definitive confirmation (preferably from Fuji) that they are no longer making any private label film. Or is this yet another rumour based on "something heard somewhere"?
     
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    There are still four months left in the year for others to enter, but you've already got a good chance of winning the "most hilarious post of 2013" contest.

    Definitive confirmation from Fuji about anything??? :D:D:D
     
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    I think, in that case, the award isn't due to me....it should be given to the O.P. who started speculation based on something in the Freestyle catalogue, resulting in three pages of postings nothing to do with the original issue.

    As I said, yet another rumour based on "something read somewhere"..... :whistling:
     
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    OP said nothing about Freestyle. The comment was about Firstcall. Zim not sure what that is but since the OP is in the UK and I'm not is guess it is something there.