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Impossible PRD2785 Color Film for Polaroid 600-Type Cameras
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- 8 exposures per pack
- Color instant film for Polaroid 600-type cameras
- Development: 30 minutes approximately at 70 (21 )
- Image area: 3.1 x 3.1 in (7.9 x 7.9 cm).Finish: Glossy
- Date on item is production date and not expiry.
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Color instant film for Polaroid 600-type cameras. Thanks to an innovative color protection formula, this film boasts great color saturation, a high level of detail and sharpness, and stunning image quality.
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1) Keep the film refrigerated until you want to use it. I know this sounds weird, but it works very well for preserving the film. When you do want to use it, make sure not to expose it to extreme temperatures (but throwing it in a backpack on a warm summer hike won't render the film unusable, it will probably just tint the color a bit.)
2) Keep your hand steady when you're shooting - better yet, use a flat surface or tripod. And use flash. All of these elements will help your photos turn out clear and crisp.
3) Flash is usually necessary, unless you're outside on a bright, sunny day.
4) Do NOT use these at night to shoot scenery shots or distant subjects. Vintage Polaroid cameras are not comparable to the high-tech, light-sensitive cameras we have today. Don't blame the camera when your night shots turn out dark, it's trying its best! The flash (that you should be using) will probably pick up nearby subjects, though - so if you want to take photos of friends at a party or campfire, it should be fine.
5) Buy a frog tongue for your camera. Seriously. It protects your photo for those first few valuable, delicate minutes while it's developing. Or stick an empty film box over the slit and immediately close it after the film is ejected.
6) Keep your rollers clean! They're the #1 reason for weird blotches and streaks in your photos.
7) You can't take the film cartridge out when you're in the middle of a pack and exchange it for, say, B&W film. It will ruin all of your film (or at least one Polaroid) because of light exposure. My friend found this out the hard way and wasted $20...
8) Leave them in the dark for 30-40 minutes after shooting to be safe. I know it's hard, but I know you can do it.
9) If you want to buy more old Polaroid cameras, test their functionality by popping a used film cartridge into it. No pictures will come out, obviously, but if it charges and whizzes, it probably works. If it doesn't do anything, either your camera's dead or your cartridge battery's dead.
10) DON'T SHAKE IT!
All-in-all, Polaroid photography is a very rewarding, unpredictable (albeit expensive) hobby to have. Keep your rollers clean, read the instructions, be thoughtful of the pictures you take, and enjoy. You'll have these photos for years to come - I can promise that. They become very emotionally valuable.
Keep in mind if you follow all of the above steps (and the instruction pamphlet) and your pictures still don't turn out, you can request a refund/new pack from The Impossible Project, but only if you buy directly from them. I don't believe they will refund you if you buy from a third-party seller (in this case, Amazon).
Over the course of two years, I had a love/hate relationship with the film. As soon as I planned on giving up using the film, there was that one shot that dragged me back in. Sigh.
In 2013 (or was it '12?), The Impossible Project introduced Color Protection. Not only was the film more reliable (every shot came out) but shielding the film wasn't necessary. I still do it as a precaution, but I don't feel guilty for peeking.
This film is a slightly modified version of the Color Protection film. It's reliable. It's easy to use. The only time I don't get great results is when lighting is off or I'm impatient and "just shoot." This film isn't for just shooting. For $3+ a shot, it should be a sure shot. The colors from this film are fantastic. This film definitely has a mind of its own sometimes, and you're not going to get true to life colors. You're also not going to get Polaroid colors. This film is definitely very unique, and I would highly recommend looking at The Impossible Project and Flickr website to see what kind of results others are getting from this film.
Some things to mention:
-This film might always be expensive. No company can live without profit and growth. There are always specials and deals throughout the year to stockpile to your heart's content at their website, but you won't find film for less than $20.00 a pack.
-If you need reliable film, I would recommend going with Fujifilm Instax. I used it extensively in 2011, and it was the most reliable instant film I have ever used. The only con is that the cameras are awful. The new Neo 90 (I think that's what it's called?) is promising but if an SLR was made for these films, it would be perfect. Someone mentioned to me instax film is very similar to Fujifilm's peel apart film, and I can definitely see that.
-The Impossible Project is dedicated to improving their film. If you aren't happy with their current film, wait another year or so, and there might be something better.
-The type of camera you have matters. If you're using a Polaroid One600, you can't control much (not even the flash!), so go with a camera that's going to give you some extra functions. For example, the Polaroid Spectra, though it uses a different format than the 600, is FULL of controls (turning flash and autofocus off, self-timer, lighten/darken/neutral). If you're willing to spend a pretty penny, you can go with an SLR 680 SE or even an SX-70. If you give yourself a month on eBay, you can find a great one for less than $80.00.
-This might be the wrong time to mention peel apart film due to Fujifilm's not so recent announcement regarding the discontinuation of FP3000B, but you could go oldschool and get a pack film camera. Again, most of these cameras are automatic but do come with some great features. I'm not sure how much longer Fujifilm will stay with peel apart film now that we only have FP100C, but the film is reliable and so much fun to use.
If you miss Polaroid film, try it out. If you're just getting into instant photography (especially integral film), absolutely give it a shot. Just make sure to alter your expectations. This film gets better and better.