Photographer buys up the last sheets of Fujifilm Velvia 50 8x10 film for $132K+
posted Friday, July 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM EDT
While many film types in their more common 35mm and 120 forms might be here for the foreseeable future, if you shoot less common film formats, you might not be able to buy some very large formats of film for much longer. In fact, one photographer bought out the entire final run of Velvia 50 Large Format 8x10 sheet film, all 12,000 sheets of it!
Fujifilm employee Brandon Remler revealed on his blog that the last USA order of Velvia 50 8x10 arrived last month, and was all bought by a single (and currently unknown) photographer.
Approximately a year ago, Fujifilm announced that Velvia 100F in 35mm, 120 and 4x5 formats, and Velvia 50 in 4x5 and 8x10 were being discontinued. So while you're still able to shoot the Velvia 50 in a 35mm or medium format camera, that's it for large format work.
When PetaPixel talked to Remler, he confirmed that estimates of $132,000 for the lot were “close but a smidge low.” That's a mammoth investment, but it's also the last ever produced — so the photographer is going to have to make that stuff last.