A few days ago, some rumors were floating around the interwebs announcing that Fuji was going to discontinue one of it’s remaining pack films. Currently Fuji produces FP-100C ISO 100 Color film and FP-3000B ISO 3000 black and white film. As lovers of pack film, these rumors had us upset like many, but without official word from Fuji, we did not want to report and spread false news.
It saddens me to report that I received the following email from FUJIFILM today. I ask about the status of the 3000B and of the 100C.
Thank you for contacting FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Please allow us to assist you.
Please be advised that FP-3000B is being discontinued, as a result of decreases in world-wide global demand. We know that the discontinuation of a well-loved and long established product can be difficult to adjust to. We appreciate your interest in this product, and will be reporting your comments.
FP-100C 3.25×4.25 is currently in production and available at retail.
We sincerely hope this information has been beneficial to you. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us in the future. It would be our pleasure to assist you again.
Thank you for your interest in FUJIFILM products and services.
Authorized Customer Care Representative
Customer Care, Imaging Division
FUJIFILM North America Corporation
On a personal note, this film was my introduction to instant film. I am thankful for companies like the Impossible Project who are devoted to what some consider a dying medium. I am thankful to Fuji for still producing the 100C and for further developments with the Instax line. My only encouragement in this matter is that a week ago, I shot a pack of 669 that expired in 2004. If Fuji plans to make this film through 2014, although prices may increase, I can still see shooting it for several years to come. Will the carefree nature of shooting change? I imagine so.
If you would like your voice to be heard, please visit the following link. https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-discontinuation-of-fuji-3000b-instant-film-by-fujifilm
We believe we can really have our voices heard. If Fujifilm doesn’t change their minds, we can at least let the world know that we need a product like this and that there is a demand. Our plan is to send this post, your comments, the petition and the stats from this post. We know that we need FP-3000b to stay so lets do something about it! Leave a comment below with why this film needs to stay and why you love it!
If you feel inclined to send them why you love their film and a photo, here is the only contact information we have!
Twitter: @Fujifilm_UK @FujifilmEU @FujifilmUS
Phone: (714) 372-4200 or 888-424-FUJI (3854)
Whats a post without at least one image? I’ll leave you with a favorite of mine. A scanned negative from an FP-3000B shot.