Urban garden in PX 600 film
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PX 600 Silver Shade UV+
The Silver Shade line of Impossible films produce monochrome prints - ranging from pure black & white to sepia tones - for traditional Polaroid cameras. This latest and much improved version of our black & white film features a special UV filtering coat that enhances black and white tones.
PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ 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 & SX-70 cameras with Impossible Frog Tongues
Typical Polaroid 600 camera styles
How to Use Silver Shade films
PLEASE NOTE: All Impossible films MUST be shielded from light during the first 3 minutes of development, and most critically in the first 30 seconds.
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.
Generally, if your images appear too light, overexposed or low contrast, 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 Silver Shade films
Silver Shade chemistry allows for a wide variety of photo manipulations with tools, heat and other methods. Here we explain just two:
1. Heat Manipulation
Silver Shade chemistry eagerly responds to temperature differences. Cooler temps yield nearly pure black & white tones, while warmer temperatures impart more and more sepia tones. Push the heat up and you'll see the tones shift into orange and yellow. Clever Impossible artists have devised a number of techniques to control this process, yielding amazing and truly unique results.
2. 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.
To ensure that your images look the same 10 years from now as the day you made them - please learn about and use the Impossible Dry Age Kit to stabilize the chemistry for the long term. The oxidation process that makes the beautiful image will continue until the picture begins to change. The amount of this change depends on humidity in the air - but most of us live in sufficient humidity that we need to protect the images further. The Dry Age technique combines silica bead packets to speed the drying of the chemistry and to prevent any tonal shifts and a moisture proof bag to store your Impossible frames.
- All PX 600 films may also be used in SX-70 cameras with the use of the Impossible ND Filter Twinpack. No camera modifications necessary.
- PX 600 Silver Shade films are the first monochrome films for vintage Polaroid 600 cameras since 2003!
- For best results and longest shelf life, we suggest you "pop it in the fridge" until use.
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.