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I have been meaning to write a review of Fuji’s FP-3000B for a while now. I guess I always thought the film would be around and the review kept getting put on the back burner. Well, after last weeks news, I think now is the perfect time to review and pay tribute to the most versatile instant film on the market today.
Lets take a moment to catch everyone up to speed with the news surrounding this film. Last week FujiFilm announced that due to a decline in global sales, they were going to stop production of the FP-3000B. The last batch will go out in 2014 and then the film will be discontinued. With this news, most major distributors of the film sold out in an afternoon. Twitter and Facebook went crazy with post begging Fuji for answers and asking that the film not be discontinued. Fujis response… A blanket letter that went out to anyone that contacted them. We did a post showing the response from Fuji. You can read it here.
Well, to sit back and watch a company totally abandon a community will not fly. Michael Ash Smith started a petition at change.org and as of this writing over 7000 people have signed in hopes of Fuji changing their mind. Several people have commented that this is a waste of time. Whats done is done. That may be so. But, if our voice can at least be heard, maybe someone will see the need and demand for this film and try to take over production. We see how this has worked in the past few years with the Impossible Project. Polaroid abandoned us and Impossible took the reigns.
Please take a moment to sign the petition if you have not already.
And if you feel inclined, please take a moment to reach out to Fuji.
Twitter: @Fujifilm_UK @FujifilmEU @FujifilmUS
Phone: (714) 372-4200 or 888-424-FUJI (3854) Fax: 1-732-857-3487
Now, on to the review.
FP-3000B is a high quality B&W peel-apart instant film with an ISO of 3000. It produces a 3.25×4.25 glossy print and a negative. The negatives, once dry, can be scanned and inverted in Photoshop for a unique look. We did a post showing this technique here.
Film Speed: ISO 3000 (most people meter this film between 4000 and 5000)
Color: Black and White
Surface: Print has a glossy finish
Number of Prints: 10 per pack
Size: 3.25in. x 4.25in.
Camera Type: Cameras and other photographic equipment that accept instant film with a photo size of 85×108 mm, and those provided or fitted with an instant camera back.
Due to the versatile nature of this film, it’s uses are infinite. Over the years it has been used by professional studio photographers to test complex lighting situations. It has been used in the medical field for such things as ultrasounds and by dentist for taking images of patients teeth. Today it is used mainly by film photographers seeking instant gratification for themselves and their clients in a digital world.
Because of the high ISO, the film is perfect for low light shooting, but can be challenging to shoot in bright sun with larger apertures. Most people combat this with ND filters or shooting stopped down.
Another feature briefly mentioned before is the use of the negative. I like to give my prints away but I always want a copy for myself. Currently, FP-3000B is the only peel-apart film that has a scannable negative. Just allow the negative to dry, scan and invert the image in Photoshop. Actually, the negative usually holds more data than the actual print.
Consistent results provided the film is stored properly, the camera used is in working order and the shot was metered correctly.
High ISO allows for shooting throughout the day, morning to evening.
Produces a print and a negative.
Develops in as little as 15 seconds. (best to wait around 30)
Self terminates. Film will not continue to develop if left un-pulled.
Can be used in any camera that accepts the 3.25in x 4.25in pack film. There are literally to many to list.
High ISO. This truly is the only limiting factor of the film. Depending on the equipment you have, shooting in bright sun will require faster shutter speeds, smaller apertures or ND filters.
As of now, Fuji has decided to discontinue the film in 2014. Biggest Con of all!
So, what would a review of a film be without some examples? We asked and you answered. Boy did you answer!
Contributors to this post:
Tim Massie, Morgan Schuler, Lisa Anderson, Patrick Clarke, Jeromy Reaux, Bill Persons, Julian Humphries, Juli Werner, Michael Smith, Leah Kua, Steven Wallace, See Carla Shoot, Zalmy Berkowitz, Neal Carpenter, Andrew Bartra, Steven Xue, Kendra Laflin, Meghan Boyer, Mary Ciesynski, Meghan Davidson, Sandy Phimester, Jon Canlas, Chris Kale, Roger Ellsworth, Ryan Johnson, Eva Flaskas, Allan Paul Almazan, Miguel Jimenez