Kodak discontinues the Professional BW400CN film

Today Kodak announced the discontinuation of the Professional BW BW400CN film - "the world's finest-grained chromogenic film". The BW400CN film is still in stock at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.

Here is the full text of the discontinuation notice:

"Due to a steady decline in sales and customer usage, Kodak Alaris is discontinuing KODAK PROFESSIONAL BW400CN Film. Product should continue to be available in the market for up to six months, depending on demand.

We empathize with the Pro photographers and consumers who use and love this film, but given the significant minimum order quantity necessary to coat more product combined with the very small customer demand, it is a decision we have to make."

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  • Carlos

    uuups, one of the few film types available around in more common shops, now the corner-shop will only list fuji experia 200…

  • saywhatuwill

    And another one bites the dust. It’s C41 processing though so it wasn’t something that people normally do at home.

    • bjrichus

      Actually, I do… Two rolls 35mm and one 120 roll of Ektar only yesterday! My scanner got a work out too…

      • saywhatuwill

        When I said “wasn’t something that people normally do at home” I knew there would be someone out there that did it.

        • bjrichus


  • rambojim

    The beginning of the end, they will just ed up just producing Portra and Tri-x

    • Ratty Mouse

      And Ektar.

    • mattbellphoto

      As an avid film shooter, I wouldn’t be too heart broken by that.

  • CShanPhotoman

    As long as my true black and white films are around, I’m still alright

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  • filomatics

    Film´s future is on small companies. Trust in Ilford.

  • Wallace

    Well they are a business and not a charity so I guess if it means they can produce Ektar I’m okay with it. I shoot 1-2 rolls a week but not much of this film.

  • LarryC

    This is what it must have felt like when they gradually stopped selling buggy whips.

  • markz

    A brick and a half of it in the fridge and then I guess I’m back to XP-2 … admittedly I mainly used C41 B&W when traveling as it was easier to get it processed in labs than do normal B&W on the road but these days half the towns I go to send their film off back to my home city or don’t have a agent so I’ve been shooting normal B&W and mailing it back home to develop on return

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