It’s been reported that Fuji is officially discontinuing all black and white films and papers with Fuji Neopan Acros being discontinued in October 2018. I’ve read rumors that the production equipment has already been dismantled and they’re just selling off their remaining inventory. The amount of available Acros may already be finite. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This hits me in a weird sort of way. For starters Acros developed in Xtol is the first real combo I feel in love with. Great for portraits, great for landscape, great for urbex. Super sharp images were possible in medium format. The grain is so tight I had to use a better grain focuser for my 6×9 images just to see it when making an 8×10.
Aside from it’s amazing tonality and sharpness Acros had no reciprocity failure out to two minutes which is amazing. That means if it’s dark where you’re shooting, say inside an abandoned factory or something, you can put your camera on a tripod and take up to a 2 minute exposure without compensation. It’s fantastic. Some of the best photons I ever captured were on Neopan Acros, hopefully I can make the most of my humble stockpile.
Being one of my first loves it also hit me how much I haven’t been shooting lately. Between work and family it can be difficult to find the time right now. Despite that fact I still put in a nice order of several 120 pro packs and a box of 4×5. If I can afford more, I might make pick some more up in a month or two.
With this announcement it’s hard not to look at one’s shoes, kick a pebble, and think “Crap.”