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Thread: Fuji 160s

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    What Steve said. It was confirmed with letters from and interviews with Fuji that all pro color neg films but 400H were done for, and that 160S, while being pulled for the time being, would eventually be renamed 160NS (with the product itself unchanged) and brought back. But I haven't actually seen 160S, 160C, or 800Z disappear from the shelves of all of the local stores that I frequent. (This may be a testament to how poorly they were selling.) I have not seen 160NS show up either.
    As usual I maintained it was bs, as only Fuji Japan can discontinue a product.

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    Sorry to re-open the thread, but it appears that Fuji 160NS is not available in the US -- the usual places (B&H, Adorama, etc.) don't seem to have it. If so, I would be reluctant buy a discontinued product (160S can still be purchased) and will probably switch to Kodak for all of my C41 needs.

    Does anyone have any information about this? Thanks.

    Warren Nagourney

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    I have also heard that it won't be imported, which would be real shame if true. I haven't contacted Fuji USA, but that should be the first stop to verify this rumor. However I see no reason not to purchase the discontinued product. If stored correctly my experience is 160S works as well as new (to my eyes, not lab equipment) as newer film. So until it's gone I will continue to purchase 160S that is close to expiring.

    I have also been buying the new Kodak Portra line, but have not printed any of it yet. The one roll I scanned looks great, and the contact prints also show very nice color. So I think it's a winner, but I don't like the higher cost the new films have.

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    I just shot a roll of Porta 400 and developed it using the Jobo chemicals (my first c41 development, but I did it at 39C and it seemed to come out fine) and printed it on Kodak Edge paper, processed at room temperature using Kodak Chemicals. I don't particularly like the Kodak paper compared to the Fuji (which has more intense colors), but I was fairly pleased with the result. The skin tones, in particular, were extremely accurate. I think I will be inclined to move to Kodak (Porta 400 for people and Ektar 100 for landscapes, flowers, etc.) instead of Fuji -- the annoying behavior of the latter's marketing doesn't make me want to give them my business.

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    And what about the new Portra 160?

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    I have been using both the new Portras. I like them both but prefer the 400. The 160 has finer grain but not by a huge margin and I find while the 400 is a true 400 I still like to overexpose 160 a bit (shoot at 125 or 100) like I did with 160NC. Unless I'm pushing the 400 to 1600 I can't see the grain when printed to 8x10 from 120 negatives so unless I'm going really big, 12x16 or larger I'm not sure I need the 160 (in 135 the story might be different). Ektar is finer grained still but its latitude is much narrower so you need to be more careful of exposure.
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