If nothing else can be said, Fujifilm is always very quick to reply to my enquiries which are surely written in the worst Japanese they have ever read... no, not google translated, I write it myself but surely school children could do better. Their reply, trying to politely point out an old press release from September of 2009 when production stoppage was announced:
< http://fujifilm.jp/information/articlead_0018.html >
So there you have it though if you follow the link to the article I think they made a small typo in the reply to me on when FP-100B ceased production:
The article says that FP-400B/504B ceased production in the year of Emperor Heisei 22 March while FP-100B/104B ceased in the same year in June. Unless I'm mistaken, Heisei 22 was last year, 2010, not 2009 as in the reply they wrote to me. Ah well, at any rate it really did cease production almost a year ago sadly so all they have left now is existing stock. Smoke 'em if you got 'em...
As of that old press release, FP-100C and FP-3000B production continues. At least they didn't tell me that anything else has been discontinued though scarily they say the link to the article about the end of the black and white pack film products... hopefully that doesn't mean the writing is on the wall for FP-3000B as well.
Send them a complaint letter at the link below (hope link works or just copy and paste). We need this film for shooting large format proofs. Very disappointing, so let them here from you and buy, buy, buy!
Email address for Impossible Project to let them know how you feel about this and what you need or wish regarding instant films. Large format folks should make your voices heard loud and clear:
So, I need to stock up. Should it be frozen or refrigerated?
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B&H still has the 100B, I just ordered 5 packs, along with 5 packs of the 100C (it is at the lowest price I've seen in a loooong time right now).
As for TiP, I'm all for them taking over if Fuji decide to leave the game, but I sure hope they take along at least a couple engineers from Fuji with the equipment. My one bone with them is that they still have not figured out how to make their instant film light insensitive once it comes out of the camera. This may not be an issue with pack film, but for the films they are making now, it is the one reason I refuse to bother with it at all.
I just got off the phone with my distributor...not that this is verification by any stretch of the imagination, but he said they have plenty in stock and have not received any type of discontinued notice. He said that Fuji is usually pretty good about letting them know if something is going away, but not always.
That being said, if anyone wants to buy a bunch, feel free to contact me. I have a bunch in stock and can get quite a bit if needed!
"Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it." -Paul Strand
Fuji USA says they have so much in stock they hope they can sell it before its 11/2011 and 12/2011 expiry dates! Buy it and shoot it folks!
I sent Fuji another email saying I knew about the old announcement but that I'd hoped they would change their mind and restart production. Long shot of the century knowing how much stock Fuji USA has but you never know...
What's their email address? I'm gonna send a letter too.