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    Fuji Film Price Hike

    Well, it's true. The rumored 25% price increase for Fuji film is happening. I was the Yodobashi Camera film shop in Shinjuku yesterday and they already had the more expensive film with the redesigned box on the shelves for several types of film and were selling off their remaining old stock at the lower prices. I picked up a 5-pack of Velvia 50. It was priced at something like 2800 yen and the newer Velvia 50 was 3200 or 3400... Of course there is nothing actually new about it other than the price and the design of the packaging. So sad! I'm glad I stocked up on HP5+ and Arista when I was back in the U.S., but I still prefer Fuji reversal for landscape work so I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet. Apparently Fuji's price increases in the U.S. will be about 20% and won't take effect until July of this year.
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    Well, if it's the choice between expensive or unavailable, I know which one i'd choose...

    *wanders off to stock up on old stuff*

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    Yes.

    Extinction is far more expensive in the long run to the successful practice of film photography than a 20-25% price hike.

    And for obvious reasons, that doesn't mean everyone should simply adjust by using 20-25% less film. It's fine to complain. Just don't shoot yourself in the foot first, then complain later that it's hard to walk straight.

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    The price increase already took effect in the US. I had a mix of Acros and Neopan 400 in my basket at B&H and when i came back to check out Acros had already a new higher price. Neopan 400 was still at the old price so that's what i bought. Acros will be there a little longer, Neopan 400 not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noacronym View Post
    I don't see any Neopan 400 except for 35mm. None in 120? It's all called Neopan Across, not either/or.
    It's long gone in 120


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    Quote Originally Posted by JLP View Post
    The price increase already took effect in the US. I had a mix of Acros and Neopan 400 in my basket at B&H and when i came back to check out Acros had already a new higher price. Neopan 400 was still at the old price so that's what i bought. Acros will be there a little longer, Neopan 400 not so much.
    Yea, I "bought" over the Passover holiday before the increase but the actual sale wouldn't take affect till after Passover and I knew that would be after the price increase, thankfully they kept the prices at the old price for my order...

    I knew the increase was supposed to happen April 1st so I bought just before but forgot about Passover and how B&H is totally Jewish... Which is the dumbest thing since my GF is very Jewish and I still forget that B&H follows the same schedule she does haha


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    I'm shooting up some slide film while I still can, but I have the freezer pretty well stocked already (mostly with Kodak since I missed out on stocking up on Astia) and I only shoot E6 in 35mm, so I can project it. In MF and LF I shoot B&W or color neg, and while I like Acros I can live just fine without it. In fact I could live just fine with only Ilford for B&W and Kodak for C41, for as long as the latter lasts.

    Bottom line is, if it's worth it to you, use it. If it isn't, use something else. But Acros used to be about the least expensive name brand B&W film around (in 35mm and 120, paradoxically already one of the most expensive in 4x5) so I guess it's probably closer to comparable now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    I'm shooting up some slide film while I still can, but I have the freezer pretty well stocked already (mostly with Kodak since I missed out on stocking up on Astia) and I only shoot E6 in 35mm, so I can project it. In MF and LF I shoot B&W or color neg, and while I like Acros I can live just fine without it. In fact I could live just fine with only Ilford for B&W and Kodak for C41, for as long as the latter lasts.

    Bottom line is, if it's worth it to you, use it. If it isn't, use something else. But Acros used to be about the least expensive name brand B&W film around (in 35mm and 120, paradoxically already one of the most expensive in 4x5) so I guess it's probably closer to comparable now.
    If they could make a PanF2 that had the 2 minute reciprocity failure of Acros (or FP5 hehe) I wouldn't need anything but Ilford, but no one seems to be able to match it... That's the only reason I shoot it besides the price.


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    There is that, granted. TMX and TMY are pretty good WRT reciprocity failure too but they're not Acros. I think the suggestion that TMY is slower than TMX in long exposures has been refuted, at least until they get VERY long. TMY-2 might actually lead to shorter exposures than Acros though I'm far from sure of that, and that doesn't address the need to figure the compensation nor the impact on contrast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noacronym View Post
    So if 19.00 American for a 5 pack is the new price what was the old?
    It was $2.89/roll until late last year, then $3.40, and now about $4.

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