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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt5791 View Post
    Fuji really seems like a company that listens to their customers (like another one we know, Ilford)

    There has been another example recently: Fuji Single 8mm film.

    A few months ago it was announced that they would be discontinuing the production of R25N (daylight reversal) and RT200N (tungsten reversal) and the processing service.

    In January they announce that due to the feedback they will not be discontinuing the production of the film or shutting the lab, but will be moderninsing the lab and getting the main engineer in the production of the film to train up younger apprentices in its manufacture, before he retires.
    Am I reading you correctly?

    They are bringing back Fujichrome 25?

    For real????

    If this is for real, what are the chances of also talking them into NOT slitting it all into "Single-8" width, but making some of it as 35mm film?

    I think there'd be a real market for a new ASA 25 slide film!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear David,

    On a related point, I always loathed the original Velvia 50 because it replaced my all-time favourite colour film, RF/RFP.

    Cheers,

    R.
    Dear Roger,

    In fact I always loathed FILM because it replaced my beloved glass plates that I was using back in the '80s (I mean, 1880's).

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    Velvia II ?

    A friend of mine called me the other day, quite excited about the return of Velvia 50. This got me temporarily excited, too, until I tracked down the following press release from Fuji (I underlined my concerns):

    Press release:
    Fujifilm Professional is delighted to announce that the company is planning to re-launch Fujichrome Velvia 50 into the UK market.

    Production of Velvia 50 was halted at the beginning of 2005 when vital raw materials used in the production of the emulsion became unavailable. The re-launch of Velvia 50 is a further illustration of Fujifilm's continued commitment to the production and promotion of professional film.

    Russ Gunn, Fujifilm Professional Product Manager, made this comment: "We have received many requests from photographers to restart manufacturing, as they had used Velvia 50 for many years and consider it unmatched in terms of quality and character. One of Fujifilm's main priorities is to nurture the culture of photography, so we have been reviewing the possibility of restarting production."

    Gunn continued: "In response to these requests our research and development teams have been working hard to develop substitute raw materials and new manufacturing technologies that enable us to restart production of this famous emulsion. We are planning to re-introduce the new Velvia 50 in the spring of 2007. The characteristics of the new emulsion will mirror that of the previous product. Many photographers were understandably upset when we were forced to withdraw Velvia 50, and we are delighted to be able to announce its re-introduction."

    The only other information I've been able to find is that the new film will most likely be labeled "Velvia II." Will this be film, with new "raw materials", be the same as the original Velvia 50?

    (And, Roger, I agree with you 100%. I'd give almost anything for a freezer full of Fuji 50.)

    Doug

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    It's been pretty well established in other threads that you just can't reboot an emulsion and have it exactly the same, even with all the original materials, so the best we can do is hope it serves your needs and is as similar as we can get. You never know, it might be better, worse, or it might just be "different", but time will tell. Also, I'm pretty sure it's not just for the UK market.
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    Since when was Fuji making 8mm film recently? And since when was there a 25 ASA film from Fuji? Man I really missed those ones! I would be happy if they just put Velvia 50 II into Super 8mm cassettes so I can use them in my camera with its in-camera meter sans filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleath View Post
    Also, I'm pretty sure it's not just for the UK market.
    True enough. I contacted the Australian Fuji offiice back in December when I first read about Velvia II. Their professional film rep confirmed that once their backlog of Velvia 50 is gone they will be selling Velvia II into the Australian market.

    I'll post their exact response later on today as I cannot access my hotmail from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanasis View Post
    True enough. I contacted the Australian Fuji offiice back in December when I first read about Velvia II. Their professional film rep confirmed that once their backlog of Velvia 50 is gone they will be selling Velvia II into the Australian market.

    I'll post their exact response later on today as I cannot access my hotmail from work.

    regards,
    Thanasis.
    Here is the email as promised sans names of Fuji reps...

    Dear Arthur

    I've been told by our Professional Film, Product Mangaer that Velvia II will be available when our Velvia 50 runs out. I haven't been given an exact time frame but i would expect in a few months. We should have some more information on when, in early 2007.
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    114 Old Pittwater Road
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    Phone: 61 2 9466 2900
    Fax: 61 2 9938 4954

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    Quote Originally Posted by braxus View Post
    Since when was Fuji making 8mm film recently? And since when was there a 25 ASA film from Fuji? Man I really missed those ones! I would be happy if they just put Velvia 50 II into Super 8mm cassettes so I can use them in my camera with its in-camera meter sans filter.
    Fuji actually never stopped making 8mm film - Single 8mm - exactly the same size and perforations as Super8, just Fuji's own system with different film cartrdges (which are superior to Super8 cart's in that the pressure plate is incorporated into the camera not the cart.)

    We all thought it was the end when they announced the discontinuation of production last year - but in January the U-turn - also for the lab - the 8mm film is not an E6 process film but something else (not quite sure what) a bit like Kodachrome in that sense, but I don't think as complicated.

    Matt

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    K 64

    Quote Originally Posted by PatTrent View Post
    Yes, I absolutely LOVED the old Fujichrome 50. It lured me away from Kodachrome which I had been using exclusively in those days. (Now I'm back to Kodachrome64 while it lasts--full circle.)
    K64 is spectacular, in my opinion... I wish I could still get K25. I last shot K25 in So. Cal about 10 years ago. Wow!! I haven't paid too much attention to availability, though....is K64 on the way out?..

    Richard
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