It’s a sad day folks. As I have waded back into film photography over the past year, there is one film that I’ve really grown attached to: Fujifilm’s FP-100C.
Today, however, Fujifilm announced the end of production for FP-100C. It is the last peel-apart film on the market. As such, it was the only film available for many Polaroid Land Cameras and medium format backs since Polaroid has long ago stopped making peel apart film.
The Google-translated statement from Fujifilm Japan’s announcement is as follows:
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (President: Nakajima Naruhaku) is, the instant color film “FP-100C”, will be sold lasts our stock.
Fujifilm, in order to continue to provide instant color film “FP-100C”, so far have had continued corporate efforts, sales volume has declined significantly from year to year, more is a situation that can not be produced . For this reason, we will be forced to sell the end as described below.
This instant color sales of film “FP-100C” is will end, Fujifilm will continue to developing systems that offers access to the photographic film to continue while the review and production efficiency also product line up future .
We will continue our continued support to the Fujifilm product, you look forward to your patronage, thank you.
After many lamented the discontinuation of Fujifilm FP-3000B black and white film, FP-100C became the only peel-apart film left. Film shooters have hoped and prayed that FP-3000B or something similar would come to market again. Obviously, we are well past that point now. Some FP-3000B is still available but prices are surging over $30 per pack for expired film and no shot at replenishing the dwindling stocks.
FP-100C has been back-ordered at B&H and Adorama for awhile now. Amazon has several third-party sellers with stock available; however, prices have already surged over the standard $10.99 retail we are used to and are pushing toward $15 per pack. The best deal on Amazon offers a 5-pack for $61. I already ordered some of these for myself and if you plan on shooting FP-100C in the future, I’d recommend jumping on some of these more reasonable prices before availability and demand pushes prices to the $30/pack range.
I reached out to Fujifilm’s US representatives about it this morning and was told that they have no information for the US market regarding FP-100C at the moment. If and when they update me with more details, I’ll pass it along.
No bones about it though, this simply sucks for peel-apart film shooters.
Update (March 1, 2016): I received an official statement from Fujifilm USA today. It’s not much more than the corporate-speak that you might expect:
As you may have heard, Fujifilm has finalized its production of FP-100C Color Instant Film. While this was a difficult decision, it was necessary in order to remain sustainable in today’s market. Going forward, the supply of FP-100C will be available until the inventory is exhausted.
We’re still sad.