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We think it is worth answering some questions that often arise on the discussion boards we are also following.
As you know, Ferrania discontinued its photographic products some years ago and after that some buildings and equipments were dismantled or sold because the destiny of film seemed to be compromised forever after introduction of digital. Obviously we dream to put the film in a new era where it can live in symbiosis with digital imaging technologies.
After more than one year of work, we are finally trying to start again with a small production of film. But rescaling a production workflow is not an easy process: some chemical products are not available anymore on the market, former Ferrania workers and engineers must be involved again in a completely new production workflow, etc.
We worked a lot on many of the above issues and now we are proud to say that the moment is arrived of really making film.
Right now there is a six month R&D project aiming to produce a first Jumbo of film. If during this period we are able to solve all the remaining technical issues and if the market gives us a reasonable preliminary feedback, we will be ready to go ahead and ship new film in the first quarter of 2014!
Ok, now the question is: what kind of film?
We think it is better to start revamping the very last produced emulsions. The first two that we will make are a color negative film derived from Ferrania Solaris FG-100 Plus (only for still photographs) and a professional color reversal film derived from Scotch Chrome 100.
And which formats?
We have the equipment to finish film in almost all photographic and motion picture formats: 110, 120, 126, 127, 135, 220, Super 8, Double 8, 16mm, 35mm and 70mm but at first we will put on line only the ones that are requested by the market.
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This is awesome!!! Can you relay to them somehow about APUG and see if a representative will join like Ilford and Adox have on here?
Originally Posted by brianmquinn
E-6 YAY!!!! Does anyone know what it looks like? I never used scotch chrome 100.
Also excited at the prospect of 70mm available in chrome.
Hope since they can do 110 that maybe they will do advantix APS style film as well, I don't care about the magnetic part unless the camera won't function without it.. Not sure, but I love my canon advantix camera and long to shoot it again.
Thanks for the good news!!
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If it happens this would be amazing news. I would support them out of principle.
35mm and 120 would have me covered. I've love to see another 100 speed colour neg on the market and a new slide film would be great.
Both the C 41 100 and E 6 are good consumer grade films, I have used both in the past, 3 M a long time ago, K Mart carried it, and would buy again. The problems with both Kodak and Fuji is they have such a large scale of production, Farrania may be able to scale production to fit the remaining market.
They will absolutely have my business for E6 film. Also for 127 format, should they decide to manufacture it. I suppose nothing is for sure until the film is actually on retailers' shelves though. Here's hoping they're able to pull it off!
You made a good point about APS (type IX240). Interesting to see the feasibility of this film type (or just conversion) not listed. Though Ferrania made it in the past.
agreed, E-6 in 127 would be really great, Adox just said they would consider making one of their B&W films available like Ilford has in 46mm roll lengths but with backing paper on a separate roll as a package deal and we would have to re-roll it. So if Ferrania could make them as actual spools that would be best and would kill the competition :) Plus, super slides! haha.
Be aware that this all is a statement of intent. As hinted at repeatedly here at Apug the market at least for middle of the road films is marked by the price. And with C-41 films still available for about a Dollar from high productive competitors, how could a new enterprise described as low volume compete with them?
as I said in the other thread, it's about offering options not available by larger competitors... sizes not available like 127 for example, also another E-6 option, maybe one that isn't over saturated in red/blues and is still beautiful would be an option. If they are able to also to sell their films in kits for example, you could buy a "home pro pack" that consisted of 5 or 10 rolls of E-6 plus the full chemistry packets to process it at home, that would be a great package deal, especially in the US where you can't buy E-6 kits in small amounts anymore (except the 3 bath crap kits).
Originally Posted by AgX
Lots of ways to compete in a niche market ... just have to be creative.
Ferrania was the last producer of 126 Instamatic.
Since no one else in the world (meaning planet Earth) can produce 126 Instamatic, I surely hope Ferrania will do it !