Fujifilm issued a statement earlier today announcing a “worldwide price revision” for their films and photographic papers.
Minimum increase of 30% for Color Negative Film, Color Reversal Film, Quick Snap, and Control Strips
Minimum increase of “a double-digit percentage” for all photographic paper
Price increase effective from April 1, 2019 onward
Fujifilm cites rising costs of raw products and logistics as the reason for raising their prices. In the past, the company claims to have “absorbed some of the costs by undertaking intensive structural reforms and communalization of production facilities”. Going forward, though, they believe they have to raise prices in order to provide the highest quality product and maintain a responsible manufacturing company.
Affected Fujifilm Products
The price increase will be implemented on April 1, 2019 for all color negative films, color reversal films, QuickSnap disposable cameras, and control strips. The price of photography paper will also increase by a minimum of a ‘double-digit percentage’.
Here is a complete product list:
FUJICOLOR SUPERIA X-TRA400
FUJICOLOR PRO 400H
FUJICHROME Velvia 50
FUJICHROME Velvia 100
FUJICHROME PROVIA 100F
Fujifilm Control Strips
Fujifilm Color Papers & Printing Materials
Regardless of the reason for the price increase, you have about one full month (until April 1, 2019) to stock up on Fujifilm before the prices increase dramatically. Some are speculating that other films will follow suit, so you may want to stock up on some other popular filmtypes as well!