The datasheet for the new Fujicolor 200 film in the US has strong similarities to that of a Kodak colour negative film.
Kosmo Foto reported on Wednesday (5 January) that the film – which was announced in December – was a version of Fujicolor C200 with new packaging for the US market.
But some film photographers on Reddit have discovered elements of the film’s datasheet are the same as that of Gold 200 from Kodak, Fujifilm’s historic rival in the realm of colour negative film.
The English-language version of the datasheet for Fujicolor C200 has a diagram showing the film’s spectral sensitivity curves.
In the original C200 datasheet, it looks like the diagram below:
However, in the new datasheet for Fujicolor 200, the curves diagram looks like this:
You can see its striking resemblance to that of Kodak Gold 200’s datasheet below:
Kosmo Foto contacted Fujifilm USA for a statement but has not yet received an answer.
Both Fujifilm and Kodak have struggled to meet demand for colour negative film as analogue photography has regained popularity over the last five years. But the situation has been exacerbated since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020.
In March 2020, Fujifilm admitted there were global shortages of Fujicolor C200 as some distributors reported difficulties in getting hold of any stock.
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