Fujifilm North America announced the discontinuation of FUJIFILM PRO 400H film in both 35mm and 120 formats. The company said the film is a unique product that is coated with a fourth layer requiring specialized raw materials and chemicals. As the materials for that color layer become more difficult to obtain, the company decided to discontinue the product.
Fujifilm anticipates allocating PRO 400H 120 film through the end of 2021, while 35mm production and sale ceased Jan. 14, 2021. Fujifilm said it will continue to produce and sell its consumer color negative, color reversal and black-and-white film stocks to photographers.
The discontinuation of a film stock isn’t, unfortunately, an unusual happening these days, as film usage continues to decline (despite the popularity among hobbyists). The decline in raw-material availability or a precipitous increase in the cost of key components like silver, however, could possibly accelerate the decline.