bowie: I think it may be related to the "buy American" attitude perhaps, check out the review sections on Tri-x and Neopan 400 and 1600 on B&H and count the number of reviews per film. You will notice that, in the US at least, Kodak have/had a serious natural stronghold.
The Neopans, while well liked and loved by those who've actually tried it, were/are largely overlooked, at least if you count no. of reviews on B&H as a representative statistic.
- In Europe it may be a different story, I don't know.
I've tried tri-x and the only format I can tolerate it in (until now) is in 120.
I can't understand the ravings and attention that film gets in 35mm: IMO it's muddier grainier, has a lower detail level and worse acutance, compared to neopan 400.
Then you have Neopan 1600, which (even though speed estimates vary, depending on the dev. used), knocks the socks off the Delta and the TMax in devs like Spur SLD. That film is being cut because of low demand(!)
I have a feeling they will cut neopan 400 as well pretty soon, seeing how "everyone" likes that dang Tri-x so much, even when Kodak is barely hanging on by their finger nails.
By the way, I did receive an answer from B&H two days ago (the mail was mis-placed to my spam-folder). They basically gave the standard answer that the film is discontinued by Fuji USA.
- Personally, I believe it IS discontinued, because as bowie states, the exp. date is "always" 07/2012 on the few scraps found here and there.
My 50 rolls are now on the way and will be put into cryo-sleep immediately, hopefully they will last a little while beyond their due-date.