Fujifilm announced that it will resume sales of black and white films starting this fall. The announcement is in the form of a press release in the Fujifilm Japan website. I don’t speak or read Japanese, so I ran the press release through Google Translate.
The press release was from President of Fujifilm Corporation Kenji Sono. He pointed out that Fujifilm achieves ultra-high image quality with world-class graininess and three-dimensional tone reproduction, that is suitable for shooting in a wide range of fields.
He was referring to a new black and white film called Neopan 100 Acros II, which they plan to release in the fall of 2019. It is going to be released in two types: 35mm size and brownie size. The 100 Acros II film is the successor of Fujifilm’s Neopan 100 Acros black and white film.
The Neopan 100 Acros II is an ultra-high-quality black-and-white film with ISO 100 sensitivity, with the world’s highest level of graininess, three-dimensional tone reproduction, and excellent sharpness. It is suitable for shooting in a wide range of fields, such as product photos and architecture photos, as well as long-exposure celestial and night shot photographs.
Fujifilm terminated sales of black and white film last fall due to a decrease in demand for it and the difficulty in obtaining raw materials essential for production. However, Fujifilm explains, film enthusiasts and young people prefer the unique texture of the film. Many asked for the sales of Fujifilm’s black and white film to continue.
Neopan Acros II is made possible because Fujifilm researched substitutes for raw materials that became difficult to obtain. It also radically reexamined the manufacturing process to match the new raw materials.