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Some tips for FP-100C buyers and Polaroid 250 users,
This review is from: FUJIFILM FP-100C 3.25 X 4.25 Inches Professional Instant Color Film - 5 Pack (Electronics)
Fuji FP-100C is good stuff, and I can't really add too much to what others have written already, but note that some vendors aren't very upfront about what the expiration date is on the film they're selling. Before ordering I'd look to see if they tell you upfront what the deal is.
So Tip #1:
There's nothing wrong with buying expired FP-100C as long as it's only been expired a few months (in my experience anyway, though as always it depends on how well the stuff was stored) but vendors should state UP FRONT if they're selling an expired product and what the expiration date was. When reputable vendors sell expired film AS expired film, especially at a discount, that's a good thing.
What's not good is when the vendor doesn't say the film is expired and you get a bunch of foil pouches that have been removed from their boxes with no expiration date evident. If this happens (as it has to me) I would personally ask the vendor for an explanation even if the film is good and complain if the date wasn't listed anywhere.
A tip for users of old Polaroid 250 Automatic and similar older cameras: The original polaroid pack film packs were made of metal, and there are a couple of strip springs on the inside of the camera back door that push in on the film pack. This can cause serious problems with the modern plastic packs like in the FP-100C such as jamming of the film and tearing off the paper tabs, etc.
I wasted almost an entire pack of film because of this problem before I realized what was going on, did some research, and finally ripped out the springs. Don't take my word for it, but search around on modifications for your camera and see if you might want to remove the springs in yours too. If you're having trouble pulling sheets out of the thing without tearing off the pull tabs then you probably want to consider this simple modification.
After removing these springs in my Polaroid 250 I can easily pull film sheets out of it now and I'm having no problems with light leaks or any sort of drawback, even after carrying the camera around in very bright direct sunlight for 2 hours. I'm no longer afraid of destroying the film pack every time I pull a sheet out of the thing now.
For those reclaiming the negatives (cleaning the black anti-halation coating off the back with bleach), a couple of things I've learned: 1) getting that "splashless" or "high efficiency gel" laundry bleach seems to make this process much easier. 2) If you underexpose the shot (for example, turn the exposure adjustment to "darker" on the automatic cameras) then you'll get a print that's too dark, but the negative seems to give you better color quality. I think it's probably because the dye isn't intended for a transmissive light negative and so underexposure makes a thinner negative which gives you more transparent dye that transmits more light and scans better. Like I say though, an optimal negative seems to require that you make a print that's too dark so you have to make a choice of whether it;s the negative or print you want better.
You can apparently just leave your film unpeeled for at least a couple of hours, if not more, after shooting without having to worry about overdeveloping the film. The chemistry in the FP-100C seems to neutralize itself after the right amount of time. NOT peeling the print and neg apart can make it much easier to transport/preserve the exposed film without getting stuff stuck to it. I've compared shots peeled after the correct time to shots peeled 3 hours or more later and they look the same. Trying to keep the sticky negative or print surface emulsions from trying to react with things touching them seems to be terribly difficult, so consider just not peeling the film immediately if you don't need to. Also if you do this try to wipe off the extra goop at the end of the print since that can still get on things even if you don't peel the film apart.
Anyway.... FP-100C.... great stuff! The most fun I've had with film in ages!!!