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Fuji acknowledges film camera demand


18 Feb 2011 12:22PM
At last, a major Japanese manufacturer has realised there is still an enthusiastic core of film users out there. In the news section of this site, Fuji has announced the launch of two new film cameras. This comes in the wake of Kodak launching the brilliant Ektar colour neg. film.
Not a huge acknowledgement, but it's a start.
Are you taking note Nikon, Olympus Etc.??

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18 Feb 2011 12:51PM
Admittedly, Nikon haven't created any new film cameras for a while, but at least they still make/sell the F6 ... Grin
18 Feb 2011 1:00PM
Can't afford an F6, but buy yourself an F4 or F5. No regrets. (Edith Piaf. I think she may have bought one, that's why she sang the song.Grin) Reading yesterday about someone whose first experience in photography was when he bought a digital camera 2-3 yrs ago. Has since decided to dabble in good old film. He was astounded by his first colour slides. Looks like we may have a convert.
Just received some slides back this week, which were taken in autumn 2010. The colours are fantastic. Eat your hearts out, Digitalmeisters.Tongue
thewilliam e2
6 4.9k
18 Feb 2011 3:09PM
The best buy of all must be the Nikon F100, which I reckon is much nicer to use than the F5. Some are down to 2 figures.
spaceman e2
10 5.2k 3 Wales
18 Feb 2011 4:21PM
Mixed messages from Fuji - they're making film cameras but have discontinued two of their b/w films (neopan 1600 and 120 neopan 400).
18 Feb 2011 6:12PM

Quote:The best buy of all must be the Nikon F100, which I reckon is much nicer to use than the F5. Some are down to 2 figures.[/quote

I think Nikon's real classic is the FM2n., compact and almost indestructable, this is the one I wish Nikon had persevered with.

uzi9mm e2
3 79 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 8:37PM
still got my nikon f75 love it to bits
66tricky e2
8 742 Scotland
18 Feb 2011 10:15PM

Quote:At last, a major Japanese manufacturer has realised there is still an enthusiastic core of film users out there


Do you have a link to the News story on EPZ?

Could it be that Fuji are now taking advantage of most of the other manufacturers moving on from film cameras?

They were never a big player in film cameras before, apart from a few low end 35 mm (Fujica branded) and niche RF MF cameras with market penetration way behind Mamiya, Bronica, Hasselblad, Rollei. Apart from the GX680 and GX617, I always felt their MF offerings were very limited in their appeal, being rather simplistic. I never could see the volume appeal of MF rangefinders: after all the key attraction of Leica (etc) RFs is their speed and silence of operation and compactness for journalism. MF and its size and slower mode of working doesn't appear to benefit from any of these features.
strawman e2
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 10:55PM
Anyone got a link to this story as even the Fujifilm site is not carrying it.
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 11:52PM
there is a resurgent interest in film but not from the old Luddites it is coming from the young; for example according to my 25 yr old son every teenage girl of his acquaintance wants to be a photographer but they want to use film; another young 20 yr old lady who is studying photography also wants to use film ..... why you might ask?

The answer on reflection is easy; people are chained to a computer at work and at study but some people don't want to be adhered to a PC or Mac when pursuing a hobby or interest including photography and are not interested in DI; the idea of sloshing around in the darkroom has appeal.

Film ain't dead by a very long way.
miptog e2
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 12:34PM

Quote:Film ain't dead by a very long way.


Agree. However it will remain specialist and niche, something along the lines of the popularity of "Holga" and "aesthetic" qualities, that tend it more towards art.

It will also be interesting to see if some of the inherent drawbacks of film could be addressed (for example):
- Ability to see the result after taking the shot
- Cost of film and development
- Change iso and white balance per shot
- noise free at high iso
keith selmes
11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 12:35PM

Quote:In the news section of this site, Fuji has announced the launch of two new film cameras



Quote:Anyone got a link to this story


This story about 2 new fuji film cameras is in the ephotozine news Wink

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/fuji-introduce-two-new-compacts-to-their-aps-zoom-range-622
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 1:26PM

Quote:- Ability to see the result after taking the shot
- Cost of film and development
- Change iso and white balance per shot
- noise free at high iso



would be a fascinating film development but I somehow suspect it ain't going to happen lol; I doubt that film afionados will care.

Where I think film does hold on in the face of DI is in large format. I am unsure about the Holga comparison but then I have never used a Holga probably brilliant cameras.
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 1:46PM
there is a missing one Grin
strawman e2
11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 2:56PM
OK I am thick but was that not a 2001 launch?

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