Ferrania film making a comeback

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From the new Ferrania newsletter sent out 7/24/2013:

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Hello and welcome to this mailing list.

Just a few words to thank everybody who subscribed, although no more than a single brand is shown at the moment on the Ferrania home page.

We think it is worth answering some questions that often arise on the discussion boards we are also following.

As you know, Ferrania discontinued its photographic products some years ago and after that some buildings and equipments were dismantled or sold because the destiny of film seemed to be compromised forever after introduction of digital. Obviously we dream to put the film in a new era where it can live in symbiosis with digital imaging technologies.

After more than one year of work, we are finally trying to start again with a small production of film. But rescaling a production workflow is not an easy process: some chemical products are not available anymore on the market, former Ferrania workers and engineers must be involved again in a completely new production workflow, etc.

We worked a lot on many of the above issues and now we are proud to say that the moment is arrived of really making film.

Right now there is a six month R&D project aiming to produce a first Jumbo of film. If during this period we are able to solve all the remaining technical issues and if the market gives us a reasonable preliminary feedback, we will be ready to go ahead and ship new film in the first quarter of 2014!

Ok, now the question is: what kind of film?

We think it is better to start revamping the very last produced emulsions. The first two that we will make are a color negative film derived from Ferrania Solaris FG-100 Plus (only for still photographs) and a professional color reversal film derived from Scotch Chrome 100.

And which formats?

We have the equipment to finish film in almost all photographic and motion picture formats: 110, 120, 126, 127, 135, 220, Super 8, Double 8, 16mm, 35mm and 70mm but at first we will put on line only the ones that are requested by the market.

More details are coming, please continue to follow us!

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:shock::shock::shock:...Correct, triple shock ! Color negative ? Honestly, what for ?
That would be great news for me if they gonna get the license for let say Plus X. ;)
 
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According to this July, 20,2013 news bit from Thom Hogan, after Fuji's most recent announcement of additional film cuts, the Kodak and FujiFIlm lineups together now offer only 20 different films...and there is no longer any color slide film with an ISO higher than 100.

Fujifilm Prunes Some More Films | byThom Filmbodies | Thom Hogan

Maybe there's at least a niche market for a high-speed, say ISO 640, color slide film in 35mm and 120? Maybe??? Maybe like the old Scotch 640T?

No matter what they produce, more film offerings is a good thing. I sometimes wonder if there might not be a reasonable niche market for film spooled on 620 spools? A few months back, I encountered a GORGEOUS Kodak Medalist, with a nice,bright, crisp rangefinder, snappy shutter, and a clean lens with a PC outlet and X-sync...but it was still 620....wahhh-wahhh-wahhh...my enthusiasm faded in about 10 seconds. I don't wanna have to deal with gotta-have-my-spool BACK B.S..
 

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I'm not as familiar with their films but - good for them! Thanks for the link.

There already is a niche market (like me!) for 620 films - FPP is respooling away!
620 Film | Film Photography Project (That would be film not flm...)
 
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Can't find it right now but someone on another forum also mentioned Ferrania would be producing sheet film as well.
 

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Right now there is a six month R&D project aiming to produce a first Jumbo of film. If during this period we are able to solve all the remaining technical issues and if the market gives us a reasonable preliminary feedback, we will be ready to go ahead and ship new film in the first quarter of 2014!

Not seeing much of a "comeback" here.Given the size of the residual market for film, it's obvious why they've given themselves so many outs in this statement.
 
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