Impossible PRD2442 PX 70 Color Protection Film for SX-70 Cameras (White)
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- No Shielding! Load the film, shoot the film and be amazed by the film!
- Accurate ISO. Provides more exposure finesse to caprture that perfect shot.
- Optimized to produce dramatic color, contrast and clarity.
- Development time is between 25-30 minutes. Heat affects the final image so do not leave the image processing in direct sunlight or on a heated surface.
- For best results, store unopened film in the refrigerator until use.
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|Film Color Type||color|
|Film Format Type||instant|
|Item Dimensions||0.75 x 3.8 x 4.6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.26 pounds|
The Impossible Project's Color Protection formula films are the first color materials that do not require shielding from light! Using a newly invented developer paste, the film will withstand even direct sunlight after ejected from the camera. In addition to the opacification paste, this film material has been color optimized and boasts improved contrast and sharpness.
Top Customer Reviews
THE FILM ITSELF
Impossible film, this is not. After having taken 16 pictures (you may scoff, but that's $50!), I wouldn't call any of them total duds-- any mistakes could be blamed more on me than the film itself. Always keep these extremely important tips in mind:
- SET YOUR EXPOSURE DIAL: Start your SX-70's exposure dial from the darkest setting, and work your way up. I've never had to go past the middle point, actually. You will probably never have to set the dial to the brightest setting. Indoors, darkest/ second-darkest did the trick, while outside in the day it was anywhere from second darkest to least dark. Not sure yet about night shots.
- SHIELD YOUR POLAROIDS: Immediately turn your camera upside down the moment it spits the camera out, or shield your hand over it, or install the Impossible Frog Tongue. Any light hitting the picture in its first few minutes will dramatically affect the exposure.
- DEVELOP PROPERLY: Polaroids should develop face-down in a dark, warm place (the darkness is the most important part, warmth is optional but helpful.), NEVER in direct sunlight or lamp-light. DO NOT SHAKE THEM! These babies take about half an hour to even start taking shape, and an hour to fully develop. Keep it face-down that whole time!
Warmth eliminates a slight blue tinge. It won't be so dramatic that your friend will comment "Wow, this picture is blue!" But there will be a slight blue filter look to it. If it's TOO warm, like you're developing it outside on a 90-degree day, expect an orange tinge.
- STORE PROPERLY: Put film packs in the fridge and make sure they stay dry. Let them return to room temperature (for at least an hour) before use.
Yes, this film is very fickle, but if you follow these rules you will be getting pretty consistent results. There's still a long way to go for the Impossible Project. Here's a quick rundown:
- Beautiful colors and contrast-- vintage Polaroid look captured very well
- Larger than the Fujifilm Instax 8 (3" x 4" compared to 3" x 2")
- Sturdy, less flimsy than Fujifilm instant photos
- Price-- $3 a shot (theoretically $4 if you use disposable flashbars)
- Long development times-- over an hour, compared to 10ish minutes for Fujifilm
- Tendency to be overexposed-- your camera's exposure dial must (almost) always be in the dark range to compensate
- Extremely sensitive to light during development stage
SO HOW DO POLAROIDS COMPARE TO FUJIFILM?
Fujifilm is the only other major manufacturer of instant cameras on the market. They're more successors than competitors, but it's only natural that there's a big divide in the instant photography community over this.
Since this film is specifically for the SX-70 series, I won't have to mention the Polaroid 300 or Z2300. Polaroids are vintage items, so they will be much harder to find, in a much wider variety of conditions than the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White) and Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant Photo Camera. They WILL however, be about the same price-- box-type SX-70s are going for around $60 these days while the folding SX-70s go for around $120. You should know this going in. My only tips are to make sure that the camera you're buying has been film tested, and also to look on more places than just Amazon to buy a camera.
If you're a serious lomographer, then you want the Polaroid SX-70 Alpha Instant Folding Camera. It's an SLR, meaning what you see through the viewfinder is exactly what you get, and you can manually focus it. Back in the day, this was the choice for professional Polaroid photographers. No Fujifilm Instax compares.
If you just want pictures for memories and for fun, then you want the Polaroid OneStep SX-70 White/Rainbow Camera. This camera was for people who just wanted snapshots. However, there are several other factors to consider...
EASE OF USE
Fujifilm wins, plain and simple. Fujifilm has captured that instant magic, with photos that takes less than half an hour to develop. Furthermore, their film is nowhere near as sensitive and unstable as Impossible is. If you want instant photography AND the experience of using an authentically vintage piece of machinery, then go Polaroid. If you just want instant photography with no hassles and you don't care about any vintage-ness, go with the Fujifilm. If you do end up choosing the Polaroid, I encourage you to look at blogs, how-tos, etc. and avoid making any rookie mistakes.
Fujifilm is also the clear winner here. At $3 a shot, Polaroids are triple the price of Fujifilm's nice-and-easy $1 a shot. The Fujifilm cameras also come with built-in flashes, while the SX-70s do not. You have to either buy disposable flash bars (10 flashes per bar, $10 per bar) or a electronic flash attachment (one-time purchase around $30), which also factor into the cost.
It's like the choice between a 2013 Honda or a 1967 Beetle. Polaroids provide an experience that is unmatched by modern instant cameras, but of course require a lot more investment, care, and patience. They're fun in a different way, and much more charming. But who knows? Polaroids may not be right for everyone. People like me, though, love the feeling of driving in a Beetle and would take it over the Honda any day.
NOTE: Polaroid cameras are powered by batteries that are INSIDE the film pack. Thus, each pack provides both film AND powers the camera. This also factors into the price of each individual film pack. The batteries cannot be taken out. In contrast, Fujifilm uses normal batteries (AA) sold separately.
Immediately out of the camera, throw it in either the cardboard pack, shield it with your hand, or otherwise keep it safe for about 30 minutes from light. This applies especially in direct sunlight: that orange, washed out look is entirely optional. If you keep it dark, it'll look much more like a 'normal' exposure.
Still expensive, but at least it's keeping instant photography (and the awesome old Polaroid cameras) alive!
i love that this film is tempermental, and u never know what you are going to get, but fresh film is a must or you might just end up with a bad batch of dark pics.
I got a One-Step from a friend of mine, camera looks like it was used once or twice and put on a shelf. And since the battery is in the film pack, there's no old-battery issues, if it looks good, it might still work. Bought a pack of Impossible film to try out in it. Man, things are NOT like the "good, old" days. 20+ minutes to develop, and a really mixed quality to the prints. And 8 shots per pack, weren't the original's 10 shots? So yeah, for $3 per shot, I expected more. Much more.
From what I've been reading, the quality of the film is slowly improving, the early stuff was really bad, and now it's at least consistent. Hopefully they'll get it right before the retro-Polaroid fad dies out. But for me, I bought my one, and only $24 pack of film. They no longer take the old packs back to recycle, so I'll just include it with my camera auction on eBay with a couple of the better shots to prove it works.