Fujifilm’s re-released version of its much-loved Neopan Acros II black-and-white film appears to be made in the UK.
The film – which was re-released after being discontinued in 2018 – has started shipping to Japanese retailers this week.
But the 100-ISO film’s packaging appears to show that the new, reformulated emulsion is made in the UK, rather than Japan.
Japanese Instagram user schoichi_ayoyama posted a picture of the 120-format packaging in on an Instagram Story which clearly shows the words: “Made in UK”.
The only commercial film producer in the UK is, of course, Ilford Photo.
There is no suggestion, however, that the film is repackaged Ilford Photo product, rather that Fujifilm have used another facility to produce this first version of the film.
Ilford Photo tweeted on Friday morning: “I can 100% guarantee that we do not put our ILFORD films into boxes for any other companies.”
Emulsive tweeted the film’s spec sheet on Friday (22 November) which shows the new Acros 100 II shows near enough the same reciprocity values as the old version of the film. Acros was regarded by photographers as the best film for long exposures, needing no adjustment to shutter times.
Kosmo Foto has contacted Fujifilm UK to find out more details about the film and its apparent UK manufacturing.
There is as yet no announcement of when the film will be sold outside Japan, though Emulsive reported last week that it is likely the film should be available in Spring of 2020.