Question for Harman Technology / Ilfordphoto
As you know, the Eastman Kodak company has launched an improved version of TMax 400. I have tried it, and really, it's really an interesting film.
My question is the following: will Harman launch new versions of films, or new films, in a near future? Is your Research and Development still working on it?
What are your plans, if not secret... ?
Our R & D constantly work on a range of projects, and they are directed between pure Photo R & D and Photo manufacturing R & D, new Raw material R & D as well as inkjet R & D an 'other projects'.
As to our film range we believe we have a highly competitive family of products, as you know we brought back SFX and we did look very closely at a 25asa Delta emulsion but it was not given the go-ahead. The difficulty in 'new' film products is the return on investment and the nett increase in sales, so often what actually happens is that the sales are just diluted across the range, not increased, and whilst we would love global monochrome film sales to increase they are not at present. We will look to continue to make our full film range available in as many formats as possible including ULF and to continue to ensure that our customers around the world have the best possible access to them via our distributors.
I applaud KODAK's decision to launch a new product and wish them well, I hope this answers your question.
Simon.R.Galley, ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :
Of course, yes, I would like to thank you for this.
Indeed, if you keep all your range of films in production, it's great.
I wish Ilford would release a 4x5 film in a system compatable to Kodak's 'Readyload' and Fuji's 'Quickload'. HP5/Delta 400 in a 4x5 packet format would be bloody marvelous. But I realise it's probably a bit 'late in the day'.
As ar as everybody know, the production of 220 film would be great too, but I know your answer about it...
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I was sorry to have to switch to Kodak.
Originally Posted by Aurelien
Ilford introduced a reformulated version of Delta 400 in 2001 and I'd prefer they not "improve" it. For me it's a perfect film with fine grain and smooth tonality. Is there a better behaved film around? It kills me that it isn't offered in 4x5 or 8x10 sheet film, so I'd like to see that addressed--even if only on a once/year special order basis. A Delta 100 refresh would be nice--the new formulation would probably obviate the need for a Delta 25 film.
I also cannot understand why Delta 400 is not sold in 5x4 size, but Delta 100 is.
Originally Posted by Barry S
I've always wondered and never really, really understood why no manufacturer has a 400iso in quickload/readyload. However, I must admit that I am grateful for what is still available.
Know that the Delta 400 in sheet film has been discussed quite often on this forum and i hope that is still a consideration at Ilford/Harman to reintroduce it.
I know that i would never look back if i could get it in 4x5 and 8x10 (5x7)