Fujifilm To Discontinue Single-8 Movie Film in 2007
By James Grahame
Giles Perkins drops by with some sad news on the film front:
In the forty year VHS vs. Betamax-like battle of Super 8 vs. Single-8, it seems that Fuji have thrown the towel with their announcement that they are ceasing production and sales of their arguably superior 8mm format. Released in competition to Kodak's Super 8 format, the Fuji Single 8 format features a simpler cartridge design as well as a clever in built camera pressure plate design to ensure perfect film registration. Just like Betamax before it, Single 8 may ultimately be resigned to the "where are they now file", but hope springs eternal and the recently released Cinevia Single-8 stock may just give the little film a last gasp. Single 8 we salute you!
[James' comments: Fuji's Single-8 cartridge film was introduced in 1965. It was designed to compete with Kodak's famed Super 8 format, but didn't enjoy much success outside Japan. Sales dwindled to an estimated 14,000 cartridges last year. Fujichrome R25N and RT200N color stocks will be available until March 2007, and processing will be discontinued in September 2008. The only other source for Single-8 film is Retro Technologies in Tokyo. They offer Fuji's Velvia 50D color slide film for motion picture use, along with their B&W Retro-X emulsion. Sadly, Velvia 50D was recently discontinued as well, so supplies may be limited.]
Fuji gives notice on Single-8 (onSuper8.org)