As the last stock of Polaroid peel-apart instant film runs out, Fujifilm is stepping in with a replacement for large-format photography.
Fujifilm is finally making its FP-100B 4x5 instant film available in the United States. It has been available throughout the world, but due to copyright issues with Polaroid it was not available here. With Polaroid out of the picture, Fujifilm is free to sell their instant products in the U.S.
FB-100B is a peel-apart panchromatic film designed for large format cameras that accept instant film backs. The film is primarily designed for proofing for professional and commercial photographers. Image area is 3.5x4.5, and images are fully developed in 30 seconds. The film is available in 10-sheet packs which are currently available for under $29. While Fujifilm offers a 4x5 PA-45 Pack Holder ($205), the film is also compatible with Polaroid's 550 back—which, used, costs about the same as a new Fujifilm Pack holder.
For details, read the Fujifilm press release:
FUJIFILM BRINGS FP-100B 4X5 BLACK AND WHITE INSTANT FILM TO US MARKET
Large Format Photography Solution Ideal for Exposure and Composition Tests
Valhalla, NY – FUJIIFLM U.S.A., Inc today announced the availability of Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white peel-apart sheet film to the US market. Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of FP-100B 4x5 instant film provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting.
“Fujifilm recognizes that there is a need for black and white instant 4x5 film in niche markets such as large format imaging,” said Kayce Baker, director of marketing, Pro Markets, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A, Inc. “As long as there is a need in the U.S. marketplace for instant film, Fujifilm hopes to supply it.”
Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is a positive, “peel-apart” panchromatic material designed for camera back-incorporated photographic equipment and cameras that accept instant film packs. Because of its sharp and precise image quality, the film is ideal for professional and commercial applications of all kinds, particularly those that require highly magnified images.
FP-100B 4x5 instant film includes features such as:
• Develops instantly in 30 seconds.
• Rich gradation, fine grain, and exceptional resolution.
• Performs well in various lighting conditions.
• Produces glossy finished photos with an image area of 3.5” x 4.5”.
• Available in 10 sheets per pack, MSRP $42.40.
• Requires use of the Fujifilm 4x5 Pack Holder – PA-45.
Since first introducing peel-apart type instant films to the United States in 2003, Fujifilm has expanded their line-up of instant film products. Most recently, Fujifilm has brought two instant camera systems to the US market from Asia: a consumer model, the Instax Mini 7S camera and Instax Mini instant film which was announced last week, and the professional grade Instax 200 camera and Instax Wide Format instant film announced last fall. The company’s ongoing commitment to the culture of photography is a global, corporate commitment that is a key part of how Fujifilm contributes to the quality of life for people worldwide.