The realities of shooting film in a digital age smacked me in the face yesterday when I tried to buy some more Neopan 1600 for a shoot I was doing in the afternoon. Vanbars told me they had none left and it had been wiped off the system. Now I had heard this all before, a few months back I was told there would be none only to have a carton turn up a week later. I came home and jumped on B+H to buy as much as I could only to see the above screen. Yep, seems I had been too nonchalant- neopan 1600's last batch has sold out.
I have shot almost exclusively with the Fuji film for about 7 years. It was the only film that could give the speed I needed without looking like a high iso film. I worked out the best development soup for me and knew how the film would react under any circumstances.
So now I need to find a new film. I'm inclined to just push the Neopan 400 as it's only 1 stop under the 1600's true speed anyway but wonder how long that film will be available anyway? It's finally dawning on me that I may not be able to shoot film way into the future like I had always thought I would. The odd thing is when I was at the workshop the majority of American photographers shot film and the professionals were completely taken aback when I told them the price of films and processing in Australia. I think I let those conversations lull me into a false sense of security about the availability of film for my lifetime.
Anyho, I'm trolling ebay now but thought I would share some of my favorite photos taken with Neopan over the years. And of course he's not singing about neopan but any excuse for some Paul Simon...