I know, I couldn't believe this thread when I read it this morning even though the OP was referring to 135 Neopan 400 I'm positive he had to be talking about 120 considering the talk of the chemical that caused production to cease. The only hope I'm holding onto now is that the Fuji USA site has it listed as available in 35mm and 120. Who knows, maybe someone just forgot to remove this from the site!! Does anyone know if this was listed as so months ago??
Neopan 400 in 120 is wonderful stuff. I love it because I feel I can get such a variety of looks from different exposures and development. In theory you can do that with any film but somehow Neopan 400 really shines in this aspect for me. I have a decent amount still stashed away in 120 and in 35mm bulk rolls of Legacy Pro 400 but would really love to relax and not worry about my twindling supply...
I hope this all comes about. A few years back I bought a couple of 120 rolls to try. Shot a roll in my Perkeo II and was favorably impressed, shortly after, the discontinuation was announced. Almost made me afraid to try another new-to-me film!
BTW, what's the story with Neopan 1600? Is that still around?
I don't believe so, but Fuji is showing they will bring back films if the demand is there, and with Kodak just canceling TMZ, the time might be ripe.
I've not used Neopan 1600 other than one roll in a camera that I'm shooting now that someone offered here in exchange for a print from it. I do use TMZ in 35mm and Delta 3200 in 120 and planned to just go to Delta 3200 in both, but I'd certainly give Neopan 1600 a shot.
Mixed news today really. This is great news. The new Jobo processor is great news, even if pricey. The new Rollei cameras are good news, falling short of great news for those of us who'd never drop that much money on a film camera. Discontinuation of TMZ, not good news.
UPDATE: I sent an email to Fuji and got this sad news in response:
Thank you for contacting FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Please allow us to assist you.
We do not currently have any information regarding a potential reintroduction of Neopan 400 film in North America. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.
We sincerely hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in the future. It would be our pleasure to assist you again.
Thank you for your interest in FUJIFILM products and services.
Authorized Customer Care Representative
Customer Care, Imaging Division
FUJIFILM North America Corporation
So either they are holding their cards in close--maybe planning a rollout continent by continent, or it's all a sham. Please please please please bring it back!