Fujifilm’s Acros black-and-white film is restarting production, the Japanese film giant has confirmed.
The film, a 100-ISO film which was discontinued in August 2018, has been reformulated in order to avoid supply issues with certain ingredients in the original recipe.
The film will be known as Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros II and will be available later this year, EMULSIVE has reported via an official Fujifilm press release in Japanese.
Acros was an extremely fine-grained emulsion that was particularly popular with still life, landscape and wedding photographers.
The press release reads: “The newly developed NEOPAN 100 ACROS II is an ultra-high-quality black-and-white film with ISO 100 sensitivity, with the world’s highest level of graininess, three-dimensional tone reproduction, and excellent sharpness. It is suitable for shooting in a wide range of fields, such as product photos and architecture photos, as well as long-exposure celestial and night-shot photographs.”
There is no indication yet what the price of the film will be.
Kosmo Foto was one of the blogs which reported rumours of the film’s axing early last year, following information from Fujifilm’s information in documents to dealers.
Fujifilm’s Neopan range also boasted 400 and 1600-ISO films, both of which have been discontinued. A C-41 process “black-and-white” film called Neopan 400CN is still in production.
Fujifilm has gradually pruned its roster of stills films as it pivots away from consumer film products. It’s traditional film products are now thought to make up around 1% of the company’s turnover.
In recent years Fujifilm has dropped such popular films as Provia 400 slide film, Reala 100 pro-level print film and its range of Sensia consumer slide films.
The announcement that Acros is to return reverses this downward trend.