UPDATE : This report has now been officially confirmed by Fujifilm.
Looks like murmurs out of Japan point to some troubling news for Fujifilm shooters (again). It seems that the brand will discontinue Acros 100 film in October of this year. This now encompasses 35mm film and 120 film, adding to the previously-announced discontinuation of their black-and-white paper products.
This information is pulled from translations of Japanese dealer-distributed documents. As of this writing, consumers and US-based distributors haven’t seen any direct announcement from Fuji and my requests for confirmation from Fuji have not yet been answered. That said, this is technically a rumor, but these sources should be reliable and this follows a historically consistent pattern.
This latest film discontinuation extends a trend of Fuji ceasing production of a number of its film products, including the popular Superia 1600, as well as branded emulsions made by Fuji, such as Agfa’s Vista (we wrote about the impact this could have on new shooters).
Fuji Acros is a low-sensitivity orthopanchromatic black-and-white negative film with super fine grain structure and high tonality. It’s long been a favorite amongst die-hard black-and-white shooters, and its demise will surely be felt heavily in the film community.
If you’re a fan of Acros, perhaps now is the time to buy before unscrupulous profit-hounds start selling it on eBay at triple the price? Or just wait for Ferrania to boost production of their amazing P30.