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GOOD film but buy or make a shield!
on August 14, 2012
First thing to note about this film is that it is NOT made by the same guys that made your SX-70 and it is still in its experimental stages. You should gauge your expectations accordingly.
REVIEW: I like the film and it works great when properly used!
Some advice on using the film:
BUY/MAKE a light shield!!!! When your film arrives in the mail, you may be tempted to pop it in your camera and test it, but unless your camera has a light shield in place DO NOT insert the film pack, unless of course you want to waist the photos. I thought I could hold a film pack cover at the front and I'd be able to catch it so that no light would hit it...not so easy, and I waisted a photo. You can buy them at Amazon they have a few good options available. I took a Polaroid OneStep Express with the black rollout tounge and popped it off the front of the camera. I then inserted the base of the roll into the eject slot on my SX-70 and secured it in place with light tape, works beautifully, cost $2.00 from Goodwill and the results were phenomenal!!!
When I snap a picture I let the picture sort of hang at the eject slot. With the light shielding tongue covering the photo I place the camera on a flat surface and place a film pack cover over the tongue holding it in place lightly (be careful not to apply to much pressure as it will effect the turnout). Then slow lifting the camera the tongue slips out from under the film cover. This keeps light from hitting the photo.
Leave the picture completely covered from light for the first 10 min or so. The instructions say 4-5 but I wait 10 to be on the safe side. The first 30 seconds are supposed to be the most crucial.
Finally, as I mentioned before this film is NOT the same as what you may remember from back in the day. It won't develop fully right before your eyes in seconds like it used to. Also don't "shake it like a Polaroid picture," instead, let it sit undisturbed like an Impossible Project expieramental film picture.
It can take up to 20 hours to completely develop depending on the film and There are tons of online tips for this film. Including how temperature will effect development time ect.
Overall I highly recommend this film especially over any attempt to use expired Polaroid film packs. I tried several expired packs and any packs before 2000 have been useless and a waist of money.
Good luck and happy shots!