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    Foma film

    There has been a lot of discussion about the business/financial health of various companies that manufacture photographic film, but I don't recall much discussion about Foma. How is Foma doing from a business perspective?

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    Ask them.

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    There always is some Forma in my local brick shop.

    It is a university student supplier and when a class if students gets a film project lots of the shops stock dissappears. Sometimes a month before replacement.

    Rumor or management statements should never be confused with reality.

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    Interesting, I never saw Foma films in a brick and mortar shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    Interesting, I never saw Foma films in a brick and mortar shop.
    I'm almost sure Fotoimpex in Berlin has Foma on the shelves.

    I was using today Fomapan 200 and 400 bought from the same shop as Xmas.
    And a public thank you to Noel (Xmas) for the great company today in our photo expedition.
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    Foma has some 2 years ago improved their emulsions by changing the film base from their usual blue tone to a clear one. They also improved Fomapan 200 in 120 format.
    To me that shows film is still important for Foma Behemia.
    Oh, and they revamped their website this year: http://www.foma.cz/en/about-us
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    I kind of liked the blue film base on some 120 Foma the last time I used it - seemed to pick up the clouds very well. I believe that they still do use a blue base for some of their 120 products, but that the 35mm From 200 is now clear base.

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    Foma films are far more prevalent than Kodak (B&W) around the world (except probably North America), they seem to have the distribution right where as Kodak's collapsed in many markets. This is from experience when trying to buy film in various countries, I can always find Ilford, Foma a small amount of Fuji but hardly ever Kodak and Tmax 100 & 400 were the main films I used.

    It helps that, like Ilford, Foma make a full range of B&W materials including films, papers and chemistry. There's less incentive for a distributor or a store to sell Kodak particularly outside the major US and European markets. Kodak seem to have concentrated on the Colour/Minilab market.

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    There is a recent post on FADU about a new distribution system for AG Photographic (online retail shop in the UK) resulting in better availability, but also higher prices.
    For me in London, Silverprint is just across the river and has always a good stock and prices.
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