Thomas is absolutely right. Harman/Ilford do coatings under contract as you yourself suggested. Nice name for a film! lol
Just look at Rollei RPX which is coated at Mobberley. And they are different from any Ilford/Kentmere film, even if it is only by a few atoms here and there.
Two side nores:
That Agfaphoto was no company yet but just a trade name Agfa had started to use scarcely in connection with their consumer activities.
With the sale of that department it became as well a trade name as a company name.
AgfaPhoto is also a company. (AgfaPhoto Holding)
And concerning those AgfaPhoto branded films it is not clear whether AgfaPhoto is responsible for them and Lupus Imaging only serving as distributor.
Or whether this is a sole Lupus business and AgfaPhoto Holding only licencing that brand name.
I would not go as far as Ian and speak of fraudsters. But that all is a shady business.
(Actually that shady thing started already with the shady sale of that consumer business by Agfa in 2004...)
Can I make a request? Can we end all this APX-old-vs-new-vs-Lupus-vs-Kentmere.....
Every thread that ever mentions APX (100 or 400), goes down this complex path of bankruptcy, licensing, trademarks and the whole 9 yards....
Any way we can get back to center and just accept whatever Lupus Imaging is doing, is their deal....
Let's let the pictures speak for themselves:)
I spent $6.29 a roll, seems a bit high, but, if it is magic-film(doubtful), well let's give a high five to Lupus for doing a good job.
When Tri-X is $4.49 a roll*, APX 400 has a massive barrier from the start.....
*yeah I know Arista has a rebrand for less, but let's presume that supply is going to dry up eventually....
I take Simon Galley at his word that Ilford/Harman does not simply re-brand one of its own films for another client but others here may not.
I believe Simon was right that Harman doesn't rebrand it's film
Though, I do believe that Harman does produce film for others, which might be very similar to their own product but it is very different than "rebranded". Rebranded is merely doing a run of Kentmere and midway-thru-the-coating changing to have "APX 400 Agfa" burned into the edge marks. I believe Simon when he says they don't do that. However, for Simon to admit that they (Harman) make some Lomo, APX, etc....would violate the non-disclosure Harman has with its customers....why does anyone think he would do that? He'd be out of a job and prob facing legal issues for doing so....
Why on earth do we need to debate Harman when were talking APX? Seems senseless to me....
Thanks for the pictures of the box. I have a few questions: what is the expiry date and batch number if there is one?
If you could take a pic of the side with the expiry date, that would be appreciated. Oh, and what colour is the canister or tube?