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    Polaroid

    Anyone else excited about the relaunch of Polaroid branded instant film? I'm glad that a company came forward to license the Polaroid brand who has the balls to actually take a risk and try to do instant film cameras again. I guess the small group of people from The Impossible Project is really to thank for inventing a new formula for the instant film developer after the chemicals from the previous formulas became unavailable.

    This does not apply to me all that much as I didn't use integrated Polaroid 600 film all too much. I love packfilm (peel apart instant film), I've been buying Fujifilm FP100 peel apart this past year, but still have a refrigerator with some expired Polaroid packfilm. Too bad Impossible Project was unable to rescue the packfilm manufacturing equipment before it went to the scrapper.

    Here's some of my instant film camera collection (I own a few other like Fuji's Fotorama series, as well as Kodak's) with 4 peel packfilm cameras from the 1960~1970's on top (210, 240, 250, 350), all of them refurbished and modified to take more common AAA and 3V batteries. Bottom left are Polaroid 600 compatible 1980~1990's cameras (OneStep express, Sun660), that most people are familiar with with the iconic "Polaroid border". On the bottom right is the 2000~current Fuji Instax system of instant cameras. One a rebranded Fuji Instax Mini that Polaroid dubbed Mio, and a Fujifilm Instax 200 that uses wide instax film.



    Why am i even mentioning this here? I just notice that Mike Bumbeck on jnc issue #1 has a Polaroid instant land camera.

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    Re: Polaroid

    Quote Originally Posted by tkmedia
    Why am i even mentioning this here? I just notice that Mike Bumbeck on jnc issue #1 has a land camera.
    I have two land cameras. :P

    I collect old "obsolete" cameras. Been using a '60s Brownie for years by modifying medium format film to fit in it. :tu:

    Got a link to where you can get this new stuff?

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    Which model land cameras do you have? New Stuff? You mean the Polaroid 600 compatible packs? They are not yet available. It is said that the first half of 2010 black and white Polaroid 600 compatible instant film will be available. Middle of 2010: Polaroid branded 600 compatible film will be available with the relaunch of the one600 series cameras. End of the year 2010 for compatible Spectra/1200 films.

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    ~~my instant film stash feb 2010~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkmedia
    Which model land cameras do you have? New Stuff?
    Don't know model names, I'd have to dig through them. :P

    None newer than 1975 I'd bet.

    Nice film stash, though. :tu:

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak
    Nice film stash, though. :tu:
    That's just my instant stash. Still have entire dedicated refrigerator full of 35mm print and slide. Even more 120, 4x5 and 8x10.

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    Do you still have good local developers? Or are you processing it yourself?

    Most of my local developers went out of business. :cry:

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    local? nope. I had a few local, I'm not giving them my business. They messed up one too many of my negs! I'm looking for a new one, I used in CA for years, but they just closed a few weeks ago. I usually send out 120, I hardly ever print, just home develop B&W, and usually scan and print on a computer. I do develop B&W 4x5 and 8x10 sheet film myself. contact print sheet film every once in a while.

    Last week, there is someone researching and trying to make their own Polaroid 4x5 sheet film as it's a product that will not be resurrected.

    http://new55project.blogspot.com/

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    Very cool. I've got a bunch of Brownies and a handful of Land Cameras, I tried years ago to get help finding film for them and found no one locally able to suggest a damn thing, so I gave up. :shrug: I played around a lot with 35mm Minoltas, but not having access to a lab anymore took the fun out of it for me. It's too big a pain to develop at home.

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    There are so many different brownies used throughout the years. They took just about every format of roll film except 135. 127 film is somewhat available, there was some production just last year. There are a lot of them just has to be adapted to use different spools for 120, use less 120 film, while other require you to retrofit a new back or cut film.

    For 40 series roll film Polaroid Land, they only good option is hack off the back and put a pack film back. If you don't mind shooting one picture at a time, in a darkroom you can just remove a piece of film from a instant pack film, load the neg side facing the lens, close the back without disturbing the reagent. take your shot. to develop, in a darkroom take the film out of the camera, and use a pack film camera or a roller to squeeze the reagent to make the instant film sandwich.

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