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Impossible PX 680 Color Shade First Flush Film for Polaroid 600 Cameras


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  • Film must be protected from light during first 3 minutes of development
  • Film responds well to warming during first minutes of development to enhance color saturation
  • 8 Exposures per cassette
  • Film Speed: ISO 600/DIN 29
  • Development: approx. 10 minutes at 70 F (21 C)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00505HA94
  • Item model number: PRD1198
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,429 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

PX 680 Color Shade First Flush film is Impossible's first, experimental color material for type 600 cameras and introduces a magical new color palette to the classic white frame. Being our First Flush edition, it may show variances in color balance, saturation and contrast and a light dot pattern in the dark areas. As with all Impossible films, the image is light sensitive for the first 3 minutes of development and MUST BE SHIELDED from light. This film operates well in a wide variety of temperatures, but extremes of hot or cold will always show effects. All Impossible films allow various artistic manipulation techniques. NOTE: production date stamped on package. Films do not have an expiration date.

From the Manufacturer

Sample PX 680 Color Shade image
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PX 680 Color Shade First Flush

The Color Shade line of Impossible films present a vibrant color palette completely unique from anything in Impossible - or Polaroid - history. PX 680 Color Shade First Flush film is Impossible's first, experimental color material for type 600 cameras and introduces a magical new color palette to the classic white frame. Being our First Flush edition, it may show variances in color balance, saturation and contrast and a light dot pattern in the dark areas.

PX 680 Color Shade First Flush film is intended for use in any vintage Polaroid 600 camera as well as the SLR 680/690. Typical units go by the names OneStep, Sun, Impulse, One600 and JobPro - however there were many more.

600 camera with frogtongue
600 & SX-70 cameras with Impossible Frog Tongues
typical 600 cameras
Typical Polaroid 600 camera styles
How to Use Color Shade films

PLEASE NOTE: All Impossible films MUST be shielded from light during the first 5 minutes of development, and most critically in the first 30 seconds.

Repeat - for best results, please shield the film from light for the first 5 minutes! This means no shaking please, but straight into your pocket, box or bag, or upside-down on a flat surface. You can use an Impossible Frog Tongue in your Polaroid 600 or SX-70 plastic "box-type" camera or a PX Shade in your SX-70 folding camera to greatly assist you in this important part of the process. Fans all over the world have developed many techniques that you can learn about with a simple web search.

It's important to also note that PX 680 Color Shade First Flush develops slowly, unveiling an image 10-15 minutes into development. In addition, it will continue to process for up to 24 hours, resulting in a higher contrast, more color-saturated final image.

Generally, if your images appear too light, overexposed, low contrast, or excessively red - it's a result of not shielding the film fast enough. Also, please remember that Impossible films are used in vintage cameras of varying ages and degrees of wear. Be sure that you have a fully working camera before attempting to use Impossible films.

How to Further Enjoy Color Shade films

Color Shade chemistry allows for a wide variety of photo manipulations with tools, heat and other methods. Here we explain just two:

1. Manual Manipulation
You can also use any sort of blunt-tipped object to "draw" using the actual chemistry inside the frame. Traditional Polaroid artists perfected this technique in the 1970's to astounding effect. Experimenting with various implements, as well as time after exposure and application of temperature, will help you find the right combination to realize your artistic vision of the final image.

2. Emulsion Lifts
By removing the white frame on the film, you can separate the layers. By soaking the top layer in hot water, the emulsion will come loose and can be reapplied to watercolor paper or other surfaces. This technique was popular for certain Polaroid films of the past and now all new Impossible films open this opportunity for creative expression.

More Tips
  • All PX 680 films may also be used in SX-70 cameras with the use of the Impossible ND Filter Twinpack. No camera modifications necessary.
  • Film responds well to warming during first minutes of development. Holding it under your arm will shield from light and warm it!
  • The first fresh color film for Polaroid 600 cameras since 2009!
  • For best results and longest shelf life, we suggest you "pop it in the fridge" until use.
About Impossible

Since taking over the former Polaroid film factory in Enschede, Netherlands, in 2008, Impossible celebrates analog instant photography by passionately manufacturing various new instant films for vintage Polaroid cameras. The unique and exciting Impossible films push analog instant photography beyond all traditional limits and offer a new, broad range of possibilities, characteristics and results.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's overpriced, poor quality, and a waste of time.
Elle Cee
I could not believe that Polaroid stopped making the instant film, it is like magic when your picture comes out.
Corbin
The pictures took over 15 minutes to fully develop and when they did you couldn't see much of anything.
Jeff A. Seastone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By hklee on December 19, 2011
After I bought my one600, I wanted to use it, but I had no film. The original Polaroid film has been discontinued and the ones out there are all expired and too expensive. So I bought this film and read through the manual and the tips on how to use it on the Impossible website, and I took my first shot.

It took 3 minutes to develop enough for a picture to show up and a whole day for the picture to be fully developed. Although this is a long time, I was prepared for this and I am quite satisfied with the outcomes. The pictures have not a great contrast and all have that grey-yellowish hue, but that gives them a vintage look that I really like.

The one thing that I don't like is that even though these are cheaper than most original Polaroid films, they only contain eight exposures compared to the ten in the original film packaging. If shipping (to Canada) is counted, that would make each exposure about 3.50 dollars, which is quite overpriced. Maybe the price will drop after the company develops the film even better and more people start buying it...

So if you are not patient, if you dislike the vintage look, and if it is too expensive for you, you might as well buy an Instax 210 instead, which produces way more colorful pictures and is cheaper. Otherwise, I would really recommend this film!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 17, 2012
Sadly, Polaroid is no longer making their film. This has led to an INSANE price spike on vintage polaroid film ($30+ per roll!) in the used online market, and has led to almost no competition in the film industry. Basically, what you get is what you get. That said, it is important to take into consideration that the people at the Impossible Project have done a very brave thing, in bringing back a medium that was pronounced dead several years ago, and for that they must get some credit.

QUALITY
The film itself is not bad to be honest. Pictures have a Instagram-y feel to them, mine came with a blueish-sepia tint although I was expecting this from reading other reviews. While some people find this gimmicky, I would much rather have this effect from film then I would from photoshop, so no points were taken away. Film has good clarity and contrast, or as good as you are going to get from a $5 goodwill polaroid camera.

PROCESS
Here is the only part where PX 680 gets a point knocked off. Unlike real Polaroid film, this cannot (or shouldn't) be exposed to light or shaken like the old polaroid films. I guess something in their chemical process is a little different, but either way it is counter intuitive, and when out on the go it's a little tricky. Try finding a pocket to hide this in, in the middle of summer!

OVERALL
As I mentioned above, while I don't like the price I can understand the reasons for it and as a startup company I am not surprised that their costs are a little high. There is a solution however: buy as much of this film as you can afford, while bombarding their customer service with email that say "I love this film, and would buy more if a little cheaper!". It's definitely nice to have instant photographic gratification, and even if the price remains where it is, I will continue to make this a special treat kind of buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luliluli on February 25, 2012
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Good quality, very impotant to know... You should NOT shake the picture where is out!!! Is actually worst and delay the results. Just place it stil some where and it wold be ready faster than if you are shaking it and desesperately waiting for results.

For Polaroid 600's users i highly recomended it.

Is hard to find good quality and decent price brands for this cameras that are not not longer availables.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Waters on April 15, 2012
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Edit - Downgraded this to 1.5 stars as of 2013):

I've bought this product a couple more times, and the quality control is just terrible. I had one pack that couldn't get any exposure, even with the shield protecting the film from light. Every shot came out brown and blue.

Customer support is a nightmare too - just spent a few days going back and forth with them in e-mail while they tried to claim that the film wasn't made by them, and that they wouldn't provide service unless a picture of the film and the original packaging was sent.

Really?

How many people keep the box for camera film?

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The film quality isn't terrible - it's a bit worse than back when we had access to Polaroid's film (even in ideal conditions), but since no one else's making film right now, and working film is terribly hard to get, this is what you'll have to go with. The price is high, and it's not exactly convenient - you can't shake it, and it can't be exposed to light at all, making it a quick switch with the dark shade once you take the shot.

That being said, it's what's on the market right now, so you're pretty much stuck with it. In all honesty, it works.. and I'll be ordering another box and sucking it up. Would love to see more development on the next batch though to make it more convenient when on-the-go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pen name on January 11, 2012
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None of my pictures came out bad! One thing to know when using it is that you don't shake that picture after you take it, you should keep it under something dark until it's fully developed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Huff on May 17, 2012
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Yes, this is pricey film. 8 exposures for $28 or so. So it is not for those who want to burn through 8 frames in a few minutes. I bought a pack after buying a camera for 50 cents at a 2nd hand shop. Loaded the film, framed a shot, snapped it and IMMEDIATELY put the image between two books (YOU MUST DO THIS or something similar as the film is light sensitive for 4-5 minutes after coming from the camera). This is NOT like the old Polaroid film. If you just snap and put the picture out to dry the image will NOT look good at all. The quality of the images/color/vibe of this film is superb. Vintage, clear, and nice. Will buy more, in fact, I plan on buying 5 more packs of this and a few B&W packs for a small Polaroid project I will be working on. Very cool and if you can swing the cash, and have a working camera then this is good film. Just make sure you use it correctly! Have fun! BTW, 3 stars for price, 5 stars for quality so averaged out to 4.
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