New Fuji Velvia 50 - version II? Can anyone here read the Japanese characters?

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  1. copake_ham

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    Apparently, Fuji has just released a new version of Velvia 50 in response to popular demand. It is called Fuji Velvia 50 II.

    Here's a link: fujifilm.jp/information/20061020/index.html

    It is in Japanese "script".

    I checked the English language "global" site and there is no similar announcement.

    Can anyone here "confirm" this?

    Maybe someone at Fuji was reading the "Kodachrome" thread here? :smile:
     
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    Hi George,

    It would be nice if true and the color were close to the original. Hopefully some our members in Japan or those elsewhere that can read Japanese can translate this for us.

    Rich
     
  3. MattCarey

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    using the Google translator:



    Color reversal film
    About [hujikuromu] Velvia II (the tentative name) development and sale

    2006 October 20th
    The fuji film corporation



    [hujikuromu] Velvia (ISO50), there was also the circumstance of procurement difficulty of the part raw material, did last production on end of the last year, ending sale with present stock, the effect which it receives it guided.


    But, you considered to the importance of duty, as this corporation that it receives the demand whose Velvia continuance is stronger than everyone of the photograph fan which your long time patronage it receives protects photograph culture and raises started advancing the examination of resumption of production from various angles. As a result, the possibility of the Velvia II (the tentative name) development production which has the efficiency which almost is equal to existence Velvia with the development of the part alternative raw material and the establishment of new production conversion technology, stood, could point to sale and became to receive.


    Sale time has planned 2007 spring, we guide the details of sale day price and the like again.
     
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    If you copy the Japanese text and past it into "altavista babel fish" you will get this:
    " 2006 October 20th Fuji film corporation フジクローム Velvia (ISO50), there was also the circumstance of of procurement difficulty of the part raw material, did last production on end of the last year, ending sale with present stock, the effect which it receives it guided. But, you considered to the importance of duty, as this corporation that it receives the demand whose Velvia continuance is stronger than everyone of the photograph fan which your long time patronage it receives protects photograph culture and raises started advancing the examination of resumption of production from various angles. As a result, the possibility of the Velvia II (the tentative name) development production which has the efficiency which almost is equal to existence Velvia with the development of the part alternative raw material and the establishment of new production conversion technology, stood, could point to sale and became to receive. Sale time has planned 2007 spring, we guide the details of sale day price and the like again."
    Where they saying they can't get the "good stuff" they used to put in Velvia 50, but as everyone likes it and they think this important, they are going to make something nearly as good, to be available next year. This (original) stuff is probably still on the shelves in Japan as are many other films not seen outside Japan.
     
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    Good going , Matt! I knew there was a way to do automatic translation but don't know how to do it myself. Tht's a rather choppy translation but good news, nonetheless. At least it didn't say anything like low-contrast or desaturated color palatte. I'm down to my last two rolls of Velvia 50 in 120. Can't wait!
     
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    Alls I can say is.........

    HOT DAMN...

    At least someone is listening to us film photographers!

    YE HA!

    Dave
     
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    Thanks for the "Googlers" and "Altavistas"!

    I was so surprised to read the link on another site that I didn't think to try a translation tool.

    So it seems to be true!

    Now I have to continue burning off the stash of original Velvia 50 so I can try the new stuff!
     
  8. David A. Goldfarb

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    I wonder if the market for Super-8 and other small-guage cine format Velvia 50 might be big enough to be a factor. A couple of companies have purchased the remaining Velvia 50 35mm stock to cut down and reperf to Super-8. The places that are doing this have said they'll just continue with Velvia 100F when the 50 runs out, but there are a lot of old Super-8 cameras out there that don't have a manual ASA setting, so they work best with an ISO 40 film and maybe one or two other settings, and 50 is close enough. On top of that, Velvia 50 is looking like the best replacement for Kodachrome 40 these days, as far as color reversal films go with fine grain and vibrant color. I can't imagine this is a huge market, but maybe it's bigger than one would guess.
     
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    George me to...

    I have several hundreds of rolls of the orginal in the freezer, I do hope this is as good as the old, now I can get back out shooting, I went through this with Koda 25 and was sorely disapointed when I read the announcement on the velvia 50, talk about making my day!!!!

    Ye Ha, I am thrilled!!
     
  10. kurachan

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    For what it is worth, here is a listing for Velvia from Yodobashi Camera (Japan)http://www.yodobashi.com/enjoy/more/i/cat_13_44_1927614_1930423/12082.html
    They also show it for 135 and 4x5. They do mail order including overseas (i believe) but have never tried. They still have a whole floor devoted to film at Shinjuku (Tokyo) near the train station. (there used to be much more). Sadly, they have found the film fridges (supermarket style) keep inkjet cartridges just as well. They did/do? used to stock Super 8 in Fuji and Kodak.
     
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    I will give you a quick translation (my job is a Japanese technical translator). Basically it says many people have beloved the original velvia 50, and as a result in the spring of 2007 a new Velvia 50, tenatively called Velvia II will be released. Prices and release dates are yet to be announced.

    Hope it helps.

    Gary
     
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    It says the performance of new film will be 'almost' equivalent to old one.
     
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    Regarding Yodabashi, have they got some sort of rebate system? I always find two prices and a percentage value on their product listings.
     
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    Though I haven't used the Velvia 50 in Super 8, I use it in 35 and 120. And I do still use Super 8 with 6 rolls left of Kodachrome 40. I would welcome the new Velvia 50 variant as its been said the V100 is not as sharp as the 50. Plus the color differences. Im suprised Fuji doesn't just make Super 8 from this themselves instead of having another company do it from Fuji's stock. But I could just imagine the sharpness and color boldness of Velvia 50 on Super 8. I would love to try it. The only place I saw it on the net was selling each roll at over $30 which included developing. I would rather find my own lab in country then send it to them for work.
     
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    I think there are two places right now selling Velvia in Super-8. I suspect you found Spectra in Hollywood. Reports are that they are a really good lab, and that you can see substantial differences in results from different labs.

    You can also order it from European companies selling it as "Cinevia," reperfed and packaged by this company--

    http://www.englisch.film-super8.de/

    I just shot a test roll from Spectra. If I get anything interesting, I'll report back.
     
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    Yes. It is called Gold point card system. You buy at Yodobashi, you get points. You can pay by that points next time.
    At the Velvia page linked above, 493yen is the price, 10% (worth 49yen) is the points you get.

    But as far as I know, they don't ship internationally.
     
  18. Stephanie Brim

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    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

    Ahem.

    I'm really not that excited. No...not me.
     
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    Wow! that's fantastic news.
    <dances round the office> My favourite film is coming back!
    I hope it's as good as the original.
    As somone else said, good to know that Fuji are listening to us.
     
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    I wonder if Megaperls will carry it.
     
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    Ref. super8 - there have been reports of the fuji stock not running smoothly in super8 carts.

    That's all I have heard though.

    Matt
     
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    Maybe I'll add it to the fridge when it comes out.....
    [​IMG]
     
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    Alright Karl,

    Now that you have a LF camera, where is the 4 X 5 sheet film?? :smile:

    Rich
     
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    Wow that fridge looks like the big box full of film I have in the freezer. I'd post a pic if I knew how to. Im not even sure I can not being a paid member. I was looking at the EPY in your fridge and it says 50 on the box. I thought that tungsten film was rated 64?

    If Fuji does come out with RVP II next spring- I wonder how close to the original it will be and if Fuji will tweak the film or not.

    As for the Velvia Super 8- could it be because its too thick to roll smoothly through the cartridge?
     
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    Hi Braxus,

    As far as I know, you should be able to upload a JPG file through Manage Attachments when you make a posting whether you are a subscriber or a member.

    Rich
     
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    I'm probably just "over the top" but I put the film in plastic containers or bags before putting in the fridge (actually, mine's in the freezer), particularly since the fridge above appears to not be a frost-free kind.