Fujicolor Pro

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Pro 160S & Pro 160NS
MakerFujifilm
Speed160/23°
TypeColor print
BalanceDaylight
ProcessC-41
Format120, 220, 4×5 in, 8×10 in
GrainFine (RMS 3)
Exposure
latitude
-1 to +3 EV
ApplicationPortraiture, weddings, fashion
Introduced2004
Pro 160C
MakerFujifilm
Speed160/23°
TypeColor print
BalanceDaylight
ProcessC-41
Format135, 120, 220
GrainFine (RMS 3)
Exposure
latitude
-1 to +3 EV
ApplicationArchitecture, interiors, fashion
Introduced2004
Discontinued2010
Pro 400H
MakerFujifilm
Speed400/27°
TypeColor print
BalanceDaylight
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120, 220
GrainFine (RMS 4)
Saturation"Soft"
ApplicationPortraiture, weddings, fashion
Introduced2004
Pro 800Z
MakerFujifilm
Speed800/30°
TypeColor print
BalanceDaylight
ProcessC-41
Format35mm, 120, 220
Grainmedium (RMS 5)
Saturation"Soft"
ApplicationWeddings, fashion, interiors
Introduced2004
Discontinued2009

Fujicolor Pro is a line of professional color negative films from Japanese company Fujifilm introduced in 2004 for weddings, portraits, fashion and commercial photography. It originally comprised four emulsions: Pro 160S, Pro 160C, Pro 400H and Pro 800Z.

All Pro films incorporate; sigma fine grain technology, fourth colour layer for improved colour reproduction under fluorescent lighting, neutral colour balance for improved skin tones, single channel printing and 'easy end seal' peel and stick tape on roll films. Colours are generally 'cooler' than the equivalent Kodak Portra line.

All formats of Pro 800Z were discontinued in 2009/10 due to low demand[1]. Pro 160C was discontinued in 2010 and Pro 160S renamed Pro 160NS. However this film was only distributed in Europe, Asia & Australia (not USA). Pro 160 NS sheet film was discontinued in 2016. Pro 160NS in 120 was discontinued in the UK in late 2017 and in the rest of Europe in late 2018.

The Pro range in 2018 comprises Pro 160NS in 120 format distributed in Japan and Australia and Pro 400H (135, 120 format) distributed globally.

History[edit]

The "Pro" film line was introduced in 2004 to mark the replacement of the last of the 'NP' series films, with the new 160 ISO emulsions adjusted to be finer grained (RMS 3 rather than 4)[2] compared to their NPS/C equivalent and have a more neutral colour balance in line with the recently updated 400 and 800 emulsions. All incorporate Fuji's fourth cyan layer for improved colour rendition and were optimised for scanning and single channel printing.[3]

The preceding series of films were:

  • NPS 160 (–2004) Daylight balanced film for 'S'hort exposures. Replaced by Pro 160S.
  • NPC 160 (–2004) Daylight balanced film, higher 'C'ontrast than NPS. Replaced by Pro 160C.
  • NPL 160 (–2004) Tungsten balanced colour film, also for 'L'ong exposures. Not carried forward into Pro line.
  • NPH 400 (2002–2004) Daylight balanced film, renamed Pro 400H.
  • NPZ 800 (2002–2004) Daylight balanced film, renamed Pro 800Z.

Film range[edit]

Pro 160S and 160NS (2004 on)[edit]

Pro 160S was an ISO 160 daylight-type color negative film designed for professional use, featuring more highly optimized skin tone reproduction, soft contrast (forgiving for portraits) and neutral gray balance, especially important for Weddings and portrait photography. It was available in 135, 120, 220 (triacetate base) and sheet film; 4x5", 8x10" (polyester base).

In 2010 it was renamed Pro 160NS with no change to the emulsion, available in 120, 220 and sheet film and only distributed in Europe, Asia and Australia. 135 format (and Pro 160C) was discontinued at the same time.[4] With 220 already discontinued, sheet film was discontinued 2016.[5][6] 120 format was stated as being discontinued in 2017 by retailers in the UK (no official announcement), remaining on sale from stock into early 2018.[7] In late 2018 Pro 160NS was also stated as being discontinued by retailers in Germany with stock expiry dates of February 2019.[8][9] However it remains on sale in Japan and Australia.

Pro 160C (2004–2010)[edit]

Pro 160C was an ISO 160 daylight-type colour negative film designed for professional use, featuring a gradation design optimized for exposures requiring high-contrast results. It was discontinued in 2010.

Pro 400H (2004 on)[edit]

Fujicolor Pro 400H is an ISO 400 fine grain natural color professional film for weddings, portraits, fashion with fourth color layer on triacetate base. 220 format discontinued 2013 along with 135-24 exp and 135 multipacks.[10] Current formats: 135, 120.

The 400H emulsion was originally launched as NPH400 in 2002. The bright, colorful, and fine-grained 400 speed film now features improved skin tones, much more accurate color reproduction, better shadow detail, and wider exposure latitude. It features Fuji's new peel and stick paper backing.[11] Renamed in 2004 to Pro 400H and with new packaging to bring it into line with the new 160 line of films, but with no change to the emulsion.

Pro 800Z (2004–2009)[edit]

FujiColor Pro 800Z was an ISO 800 fine grain natural color professional film for weddings, portraits, fashion with fourth color layer on triacetate base. Formats: 135, 120, 220 THe Pro 800Z emulsion was originally launched as NPZ800 in 2002 and renamed Pro 800Z in 2004 with new packaging to bring it into line with the new 160 line of films, but with no change to the emulsion. It was discontinued in 2009/10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.photographyblog.com/news/fujifilm_to_discontinue_fujicolor_pro_800z/
  2. ^ https://www.ephotozine.com/article/fujicolor-pro-160s-and-pro-160c-now-available-2334
  3. ^ "Fujicolor Pro Negative Family Brochure" (PDF). Fujifilm. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  4. ^ http://www.photographyblog.com/news/fujifilm_retires_three_films/
  5. ^ https://www.thephoblographer.com/2016/07/29/exclusive-fujifilm-japan-announces-the-end-of-pro-ns-160-discusses-the-future-of-film/
  6. ^ https://www.lomography.com/magazine/322675-fujifilm-to-discontinue-fujicolor-pro
  7. ^ http://www.ag-photographic.co.uk/fuji-pro-160ns-120-5-pack-963-p.asp
  8. ^ https://www.macodirect.de/en/film/color-negative-films/1657/fuji-pro-160-ns-roll-film-120-pack-of-five
  9. ^ https://www.nordfoto.de/analoge-fotografie/filme/negativ-farbfilme/fuji-pro-160-ns-negativ-farbfilm-120-rollfilm-5-stueck-02-2019-garantie
  10. ^ http://ffis.fujifilm.co.jp/information/articlein_0022.html
  11. ^ https://www.shutterbug.com/content/fuji-nph-400-professionalbrfuji-reinvents-fast-color-negative-film

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