Neopan

Summary

Neopan was originally a family of black-and-white films from Japanese manufacturer Fujifilm for both professional and amateur use. The range now only comprises one film; Neopan ACROS 100 II, a traditional silver halide black and white film re-launched in 2019 and currently sold worldwide.

The Fujifilm Neopan 100 ACROS B/W film 35mm
Neopan 100 ACROS II
MakerFujifilm
Speed100/21°
TypeB&W print
ProcessGelatin-silver
Format135, 120
Exposure
latitude
±2½ stops
ApplicationGeneral purpose, Sports, Daylight
IntroducedNovember 2019
Neopan 400CN
MakerFujifilm
Speed400/27°
TypeB&W print
ProcessC-41
Format135, 120
ApplicationGeneral purpose, chromogenic
Introduced2003
Discontinued2020
Neopan 100 ACROS
MakerFujifilm
Speed100/21°
TypeB&W print
ProcessGelatin-silver
Format135, 120, Sheet film
Exposure
latitude
±2½ stops
ApplicationGeneral purpose, Sports, Daylight
DiscontinuedOctober 2018[1]
Neopan 100 SS
MakerFujifilm
Speed100/21°
TypeB&W print
ProcessGelatin-silver
Format135, 120, Sheet film
ApplicationGeneral purpose
Discontinued2011
Fujifilm Neopan 400 black and white film for 35mm cameras
Neopan 400
MakerFujifilm
Speed400/27°
TypeB&W print
ProcessGelatin-silver
Format135, 120
Exposure
latitude
±2½ stops
ApplicationGeneral purpose, Sports, Low light
Discontinued2013[2]
Picture taken with the Fuji Neopan 400
The Fujifilm Neopan 1600 B/W film for 35mm cameras
Neopan 1600
MakerFujifilm
Speed1600/33°
TypeB&W print
ProcessGelatin-silver
Format135
Exposure
latitude
±2 stops
ApplicationGeneral purpose, Sports, Low light, Night
Discontinued2010

Current FilmsEdit

Neopan ACROS 100 IIEdit

After the discontinuation of ACROS in April 2018, just over a year later in June 2019 Fujifilm announced their return to traditional silver halide black and white film with an updated Neopan ACROS 100 II.[3] Film shipments commenced in Japan in November 2019, with global availability expected from Spring 2020.[4]

A reformulated version of Neopan 100 ACROS,“achieving ultra-high image quality with world-class granularity and three-dimensional tone reproduction" to address the loss of some component raw materials that led to the originals withdrawal. This new emulsion appears to differ slightly from the original ACROS with "the gradation of the highlight part [..] designed to be sharper" according to machine translations of the Japanese press release.[5] The film retains the reciprocity characteristics of the original. Formats: 135-36 exp. and 120 single rolls.

The new packaging for 120 format comes with 'Made in UK' labelling and is only available in single rolls compared to Fujifilms normal 5-roll packs leading to speculation about the films origin. Although the emulsion coating is still undertaken at the Kanagawa Factory, Ashigara in Japan, conversion and packaging has been outsourced to Harman Technology (Ilford Photo) in the UK.[6] [self-published source]

Discontinued FilmsEdit

Neopan ACROS 100Edit

ACROS was an ISO 100 speed professional ortho-panchromatic black-and-white photographic film for portraits, landscape, architectural subjects and product photography. It used fuji color film technology to give high sharpness and fine grain. The film was particularly suited for night and long exposure photography due to its reciprocity characteristics: it does not require adjustments for exposures shorter than 120 seconds, and only requires a ½ stop of compensation for exposures between 120 and 1000 seconds.[7] The film was produced in 135, 120 and Sheet film formats.

ACROS sheet film (4x5" & 8x10") was discontinued in October 2017.[8] ACROS in the remaining 135 and 120 formats was discontinued in April 2018.[1] 120 format was largely sold out by June 2018, whilst 135 format stock remained on sale in most markets until Spring 2019. All Fujifilm black and white photopapers were also discontinued at the same time. The lack of availability of some of the film component raw materials was cited as the reason for its withdrawal.

Neopan 100 SSEdit

Neopan 100 SS was an easy to use 100 ISO medium speed, fine grain, ortho-panchromatic film with a wide exposure latitude. Sold in Asian and selected markets, parallel import elsewhere. It was produced for 35mm、medium format, and sheet film cameras in various sizes and discontinued in 2011[9]

Neopan 400 Professional (Presto)Edit

Neopan 400 Professional ('Presto' in Japan) was a high speed, black and white negative film with an ISO speed of 400 for action and press photography. It was produced for 35mm, medium format and 4x5" cameras and discontinued in 2013.[10]

Neopan 1600 Professional (Super Presto)Edit

Neopan 1600 Professional ('Super Presto' in Japan) was an ultra high speed panchromatic film with E.I. 1600 for sports, journalism, stage shows and low light situations. It offers the same development time as Neopan 400 to enable the films to be processed together. It was produced for 35mm cameras and discontinued in 2009.

Neopan 400CNEdit

Neopan 400CN was an ISO 400 General purpose C-41 process chromogenic B&W film on a triacetate base. Ilford were Fuji’s partners for this film which has therefore similar characteristics to Ilford XP2 plus. Since at least 2018 distribution was limited to the UK only and was discontinued in 2020. Formats: 135, 120.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FUJIFILM to Discontinue Acros 100 Film in October 2018". 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Fujifilm Discontinues Neopan 400 B&W and Provia 400X Slide Film". PetaPixel. 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  3. ^ https://emulsive.org/articles/news/brand-new-film-from-fujifilm-neopan-100-acros-ii-announced-begins-shipping-autumn-2019
  4. ^ https://emulsive.org/articles/fujifilm-neopan-100-acros-ii-shipping-november-22nd-in-35mm-and-120-formats
  5. ^ "FujiFilm Japan Resurrects Neopan with ACROS 100II". 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Fujifilm's new Acros 100 II appears to be made in the UK". 22 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros Datasheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  8. ^ "Fujifilm Killing off More Films in 2018, and Things Look Grim". 27 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2018-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Bad News! Fujifilm Discontinues Neopan 400 and Provia 400X". 20 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-04-01. Retrieved 2018-03-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  • Fujifilm Neopan black & white films
  • Fuji Acros 100 Data Sheet
  • Fuji Acros 100 (120) Data Sheet