Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FILM Ferrania Brings The New Hope for Film Shooters


After weeks of rumors in various forums, the old brand Italian photography company Ferrania is ready to start making film again. Ferrania discontinued its photographic products some years ago. And after more than one year of work, they are finally trying to start again with a small production of film. The first two that they 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.

According to the announcement on the company blog, they 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."
"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." They added.
Package of the Ferraniacolor reversal roll film type 120 produced by Ferrania S.p.A. in the 1950's (Image via Wikipedia)

FILM Ferrania was started in 1923 as a manufacturer of photographic film, papers, and equipment, located in Ferrania (Liguria), Italy. The firm manufactured photographic film and sold it under the Solaris brand, as well as private label products. Ferrania remained the only manufacturer of 126 “Instamatic” films after Kodak discontinued them in 1999, but 126 was discontinued by Ferrania in early 2007. In July, 2008, the company's President announced to its unions that manufacture of color film products would cease in December, 2008. As of March 2009, Ferrania customer service states that they are producing only 135 format color film in 200 and 400 ASA. (via Wikipedia)

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