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    There is no speculation. Look here: http://fujifilm.jp/information/articlead_0029.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWoK View Post
    There is no speculation. Look here: http://fujifilm.jp/information/articlead_0029.html
    There should certainly be no speculation because it has been a known fact for several months that Neopan 400 has been discontinued in 120 size, and it has been widespread on this and other forums. What I don't understand is Fuji's official reason, which I read was to do with the banning of a component in the manufacture of the backing paper - if that is the case why have they not stopped production of all 120 size films? Surely Acros and the various colour films use the same backing paper.

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    I agree it is quite perplexing.

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    Indeed; especially since this leaves Fuji with no 400-speed medium format film at all. It's not like they are discontinuing one of their 400 speed films, they are discontinuing their only 400 speed film, and I haven't heard anything about them replacing it either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wotalegend View Post
    What I don't understand is Fuji's official reason, which I read was to do with the banning of a component in the manufacture of the backing paper - if that is the case why have they not stopped production of all 120 size films? Surely Acros and the various colour films use the same backing paper.
    I seem to recall a similar explanation being bandied about a few years back when Fuji discontinued Velvia 50. Within a year or so, they started manufacturing it again, presumably with a slightly tweaked formulation. If I ever heard an explanation of precisely what happened, I don't recall what it was. It's conceivable that history will repeat itself for Neopan 400, but I wouldn't count on it.

    As to the question you pose, I recall hearing that backing papers need to be tested against specific films, because the two can interact and produce bad effects. If my information (and memory) are correct, then, it's conceivable that the backing paper for Neopan 400 may have been different from other Fuji backing papers. Note, however, that I have no priviledged knowledge; I'm just speculating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs5694 View Post
    I seem to recall a similar explanation being bandied about a few years back when Fuji discontinued Velvia 50. Within a year or so, they started manufacturing it again, presumably with a slightly tweaked formulation. If I ever heard an explanation of precisely what happened, I don't recall what it was. It's conceivable that history will repeat itself for Neopan 400, but I wouldn't count on it.
    Yes, there's a bit more information in the Velvia Wikipedia article. I wouldn't bank on it happening either, but many, many people were disappointed at it being discontinued (which Fuji told me over the phone) so who knows how Fuji will play it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Well, since Neopan 400 has been discontinued in 120, I am going to stop using it!

    Steve
    A wise decision Steve. How long did it take you to reach that decision? ;-) I'll stop using it too when my small supply runs out. I'm not holding my breath for it to re-appear with new backing paper, so the next thing is to work out what to replace it with.

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    I was thinking of trying it but never did. I won't order it now, the H*ll with them (Fuji).
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    Just to open an old wound, wasn't the official reason from Fujifilm for Neopan 400's discontinuance in 120 that there was an environmentally unfriendly component in the backing paper? Well, being no chemist myself, I have just noticed (and I don't know why it took me so long) that on appearance the backing papers for Neopan 400 and Acros 100 are exactly the same. There is nothing printed on either of them to identify which film it is. The only identification of film type is on the packaging and on the sticky tab at the end of the film. Have Fujifilm conned us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotalegend View Post
    There is nothing printed on either of them to identify which film it is. The only identification of film type is on the packaging and on the sticky tab at the end of the film. Have Fujifilm conned us?
    It does seem strange and yet there must be some good reason for its discontinuance. I don't believe that Neopan 400 wasn't selling enough so Fuji used a lame excuse to stop production.

    The chromogenic 400( allegedly made by Ilford) continues so there is a demand for 400 Fuji film.

    I hope the issue, whatever it is, can be solved and it will re-appear.

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