Fujifilm Raises Price on All Film 30%

Fujifilm Price Increase

Fujifilm announced today that due to increasing costs, the company will raise the price of film at least 30 percent. Additionally, all photographic papers will also see at least a percentage increase in the double digits. The price increases will take effect April 1, 2019.

Film Shooters may want to stock up. A roll of Fuji Provia, currently priced at about $12, will cost nearly $16 after the April increase. With added development cost, averaging nearly $10 a roll at a lab, the price of shooting and developing that 36 exposures will come close to seventy-five cents per frame. At this rate, bulk loading may find new life with the film shooting crowd. Click here for current Fujifilm pricing on Amazon. You may want to stock up. You can read the Fujifilm press release here.


Photography and Chill: What to Read, Watch, and Listen to This Weekend

What to Read

World Press Photo Nominations – The World Press Photo of the Year awards are in their 62nd year. The 2019 awards include a new category: World Press Story of the Year. Photographers from around the world submitted entries and 43 of them, from 25 countries, received nominations. Check out World Press Photo’s site for more and Read BJPs article here.

Temps Zero Logo

Also on BJP’s site, check out this article on Temp Zero– a photography and music collaboration held in Europe. The event started in 2012 and will be part of Foto Wien 2019. Read about it on BJP and also check out Temps Zero’s website.

How to Survive Rejection. Photo District News published a quick piece by Maggie Steber on “How to Survive Rejection.” It’s a quick read and worthwhile.

Also on PDN: National Geographic reverses course on a photo contest that came under fire as a “massive rights grab.” National Geographic changed the licensing structure after complaints. Read about it here.

“When we speak of “shooting” with a camera, we are acknowledging the kinship of photography and violence.”

Teju Cole.

When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.) –New York Times. This is a far reaching article by Teju Cole with an interesting slant. Teju cole is, according to his NYT bio, “the photography critic of The New York Times Magazine…[and the author of] “Blind Spot,” a book devoted to his photography.”

What to Watch

The Leica Camera blog published a fascinating piece about Daniel Zvereff and his work on Okay Kaya‘s music video for the song Emulate. Zvereff shot the video with a Leica M-P. Read the article on Leica’s blog and watch the video below.

Emulate by Okay Kaya. Animated by Daniel Zvereff.


Canon Expects Interchangeable Lens Camera Market to Contract Another 50 Percent

This is an interesting look at what senior players at camera manufacturers are faced with when confronting a changing photography landscape. In an interview reported by both DPReview and Canon Rumors, but officially published by Nikkei (originally in Japanese, but translated), Fujio Matarai, Canon’s CEO, provided insights on the camera market. It is important to note that this discussion is about all interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), not just the typical mirrorless vs. DSLRs.

The market has declined 10% year-over-year. This trend will continue for the next several years. Mirrorless cameras are a replacement for DSLRs, but do not drive up total units sold.

What we’re most curious about given a contracting market segment is what it will do to prices of professional-level gear. Costs, even if adjusted for inflation, of flagship systems are already well above where they were ten years ago. Given the smaller market, what will the price of a flagship system camera be in 2025?

Leica Fotopark Changes Focus

Leica Fotopark, established in 2014, and curated by Leica Fotografie International posted a simple message on their home page:

We have made the decision to shift our focus to concentrate on the exchange between photographers and photography experts. In light of this, we would like to recommend the LFI.Gallery as the ideal location for your photos in the future.

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There is no further explanation, but there are several links to the LFI Gallery.

Photographer Banned from Artist’s Show and Clothing Company Shuts Down Due to Threats; We’re Sure There’s a Lesson In There Somewhere

Last week, FStoppers published a story about Dutch photographer J Salmeron’s copyright conflict with the band Arch Enemy and one of their sponsors, Thunderball Clothing–a small independent company based in Poland. Thunderball reposted an image of Salmeron’s without permission — by reposting it from the sponsored musician’s Instagram feed, not the photographer’s.

Today, FStoppers issued an update to the story. Apparently, the owner of Thunderball Clothing reached an agreement with Salmeron, but due to the intense amount of backlash from the public, has decided to shut down her company.

Both articles are worth reading. At The Photo Beat, we imagine that the opinions will vary widely across the spectrum of possible interpretations. However, there are certainly lessons to be learned here.

DJI Launches DJI Pro Website

DJI launched its Pro website targeted at photographers and videographers. Read the full news release here

From DJI’s Website: 

DJI Pro is dedicated to professionals using DJI’s advanced aerial and gimbal technologies, such as the Inspire and the Ronin series. The new website consists of five categories: 

Product Information: Explore DJI products. 

DJI Masters Program: Learn from professional cinematographers with unique insights into the industry as well as the innovative imaging technology they use. 

Showcase: Find out how DJI products are being used on film sets.

Education: Learn about how to setup and use each product.

Events: Get the latest info on DJI, local events, workshops and more.