Fuji UK Situation
Ok I have finally got somewhere. This pertains to the UK situation and as you read you will see how this seems to work:
Each country decides what to import from Fuji Japan depending on demand, so what is not available in one country to another doesn't necessarily constitute discontuation outright.
So in the UK these are the changes
- Reala 35mm is no longer imported and is effectively no longer going to be available in the UK
- Reala 120 is a big seller and will continue to be imported into the UK
- Pro 160S - 35mm no longer imported into the UK, 120 and other sheet sizes will continue but Quickloads are discontinued. This will be rebranded as Pro 160NS later in 2010 (sorry I originally said 160NPS, that was a mistake, I had written the old-old name!)
- Pro 160C - the word is this: "120 is in short supply in the UK at the moment , but we have coming back in stock mid April." -- this doesn't confirm 160C is discontinued worldwide as we have heard but for now the UK will continued to get this film.
- Pro 400H - No changes, all will continue except Quickloads as noted.
- Pro 800Z - again I quote "35mm is not a very popular line, but I've not heard it will be dropped. 120 has already been dropped." (dropped meaning no longer imported by Fuji UK)
- Neopan 400 120 - As we all know by now, this is gone worldwide and is discontinued outright.
- Neopan 1600 - Still popular in the UK so we will continue to see it, not sure about Germany. No mentions of 120 format.
There is no mention of a Neopan 400 replacement in 120, as far as I can suggest, a new version is little more than a rumour at the moment. We will just have to see. I personally have never used Neopan 400, I'm more a TMax 400/HP5+ or Tri-X person at that speed.
So the message is, want to keep 800Z, buy more if you can, if you don't, it will probably not be imported much in the way 120 format 800Z isn't.
I still thought Reala 35mm was more popular than it evidently is in the UK.
So it looks like we can still buy Reala 35mm but it'll have to be from abroad or as a grey import I guess. I guess the same could be said for 160S in 35mm too.
So it's not a case of mass discontination, just a case of more selective importing.
I still think 160C is at risk give Fuji Japan's discontinuation notices but for now it'll still be around.
Last edited by lilserenity; 03-18-2010 at 09:31 AM. Click to view previous post history.