Saturday, 30 July 2011

Concept: Cameras/ History of...FUJIFILM.

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Fujifilm Holdings Corporation or Fujifilm (富士フイルム株式会社 Fujifuirumu Kabushiki-kaisha) is a Japanese company known for its photographic film and cameras, headquartered in Midtown West, Tokyo Midtown in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, with additional offices in the Nishiazabu Building in Minato. Fujifilm is the world’s largest photographic and imaging company. Fuji operates 223 subsidiary companies for research, manufacture and distribution of products, with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and the United States of America. They also produce computer media storage consumables, such as CD-Rs, recordable DVDs and Floppy disks. The company is also a substantial provider of Motion Picture Film to Hollywood for both capture and distribution of theatrical (in projector) film prints. The company was formerly known as Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
Fuji's camera film comes in distinctive green boxes and is sometimes rebranded as own-label film, such as President's Choice. Fuji products are distinct in their uniform containers. Fuji photographic films are considered along with, and often compete against, those produced by Eastman Kodak. Their products are sold in over 200 countries internationally. Since 1982 Fuji has been one of the main sponsors of the FIFA World Cup.
The company was the driving force behind the creation of Japan's first electronic computer, called FUJIC, completed in 1956.

Founded in 1934, the company's very first product was a motion picture film. Hence, 2009 was Fujifilm's 75th anniversary in the motion picture industry.

Holding company

On September 19, 2006, Fujifilm announced plans to establish a holding company, Fujifilm Holdings Corp. Fujifilm and Fuji Xerox will become subsidiaries of the holding company. A representative of the company reconfirmed their commitment to film, which accounts for 3% of sales.


Fujifilm Fuji Xerox, once a joint venture between itself and Xerox Corporation of North America. Fujifilm purchased Sericol Ltd., a UK based printing ink company specializing in screen, narrow web, and digital print technologies in March 2005.


  • Motion picture film stock, known for its smooth grain and vibrant color rendition.
  • Fujichrome color reversal (slide) films.
    • Velvia: one of the most saturated and fine-grained slide films, valued by nature and landscape photographers.
    • Provia: a slide film giving more natural colors than Velvia.
    • Astia: a fined grained, low contrast slide film often used for studio or portrait applications.
    • Sensia: a low-contrast consumer slide film; the current emulsion is considered to be identical or near-identical to Astia in the professional line.
    • Fortia: consumer slide film, featuring extremely vivid color rendering suitable for flower photography and other high-saturation applications (for Japanese market).
  • Fujicolor color negative (print) films.
    • Fujicolor Pro 160S, 160C, 400H, and 800Z (formerly NPS, NPC, NPH, and NPZ): Professional films with different levels of contrast.
    • Reala: the first film to use the fourth cyan-sensitive layer, currently sold under Superia Reala name.
    • Superia: as of 2005, their most widely available film, intended for snapshots.
    • Press: Cut from the same emulsion stock as Superia, but cold stored and sold as a professional film.
  • Fuji Neopan Professional black & white negative film. As a side note, Neopan 400 and 1600 were designed to use the same developing times, and can be developed in the same tank/machine and developer combination simultaneously. ACROS and SS do not share this feature.
    • Neopan SS: ISO 100 film, most common and least expensive Neopan film
    • Neopan ACROS: ISO 100 film, finer grain than SS but usually more expensive
    • Neopan Presto: ISO 400 speed film
    • Neopan Super Presto: ISO 1600 for low-light shooting or fast action
  • The Clear Shot series of 35mm compact cameras.
  • Fotorama series of instant camera.
  • The Fujifilm FinePix series of digital cameras, some of which employ Fujifilm's Super CCD technology, including F-mount compatible digital SLRs like the FinePix S5 Pro, and compact cameras like the FinePix F-series and A-series.
  • Fujinon camera lenses and binoculars: including the most widely used television lenses in the world.
  • Photographic paper.
  • Inkjet printer paper.
  • Magnetic media, including audiotape, videotape, and floppy disks.
  • Optical media, such as DVDs and CDs, mostly produced by Ritek and Taiyo Yuden; some by Philips.
  • Photostimulable Phosphor Plate - X-ray film.
  • Base material for LCD displays.
  • The Fujifilm GX680 6x8cm medium format camera, various Fujifilm medium format rangefinder cameras, and older Fujica film cameras.
  • instax: Fuji instant film packs and backs for sheet film cameras.
  • Minilab equipments, announced in 2006 a global alliance with Noritsu Kokoi, together holding a market share of more than 80% of the global market.
  • Digital X-Ray, digital mammography and computed radiography devices.
  • Synapse Radiology PACS.
  • Synapse Cardiovascular PACS.
  • Synapse RIS.

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