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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2018 at 15:32
Okay, I think for the moment I'm OUT.

Had a look at Instax camera prices ... and I can get an Instax printer for the same price. Shape of the image on the 'polaroid' is also 4x3 which is what my camera does. The Fuji SP-2 makes 46x62mm images.

The challenge for me is that I absolutely hate portrait way up photos. I've shot exactly zero of them in 13 years of being digital and really don't like the way portrait shape photos fit so badly on a computer screen.

I've not owned a printer since 1999, so to me the screen is the final output.

The polaroid shape lends itself to a portrait orientation photo with the big white space on the bottom so you can scribble on it.

I think I would enjoy the challenge of making some portrait way up photos more than running film (instax or other).

I do have an Olympus Trip which I use as a paper weight, I've had it about 10 years and never put a film in it. It clicks when there is enough light and not when too dim (built in meter). I'd be amazed if it is light proof. So I could pop a roll into it and tape it up to keep the film from spoiling (or not and go real retro). So, I'll watch and wait for the dates and rules and stuff ... but perhaps this isn't for me. Putting a test roll into the Oly Trip would be cheaper than getting an Instax anyway!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2018 at 17:11
There are other formats - Polaroid Originals (formerly Impossible Project) are square and Instax is also available in Square and Wide formats. Wide is landscape and 99x62mm, but a problem is a lack of decent cameras for the film beyond basic point and shoot.

Your objection on price still stands of course, and the Trip is a fine little camera if you do get to use it - in the Challenge or out of it.
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yup, had a little look at about 5 models I think ... looked to be three main sizes and shapes (the one I know and then the bigger wide and then the square. Did like the idea of the square one but that (instax) camera has a non-re-chargeable battery which I'm opposed to.

Since I've not owned a printer of any sort since 1999 I've looked at instax printers a couple of times as something different to the bigger 'proper' printers. I've had and broken a couple of the instax cameras which I used for fun (I used to be 'that guy' that would turn up to a party with an instax and give people photos, 20 years or so ago).

Even if I don't join this challenge it has given me a few ideas and some thoughts of different challenges
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 07:02
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Hmm, tempting...
There is no place here for developing film, which means that if I sign in I need to develop by myself (hopefully I will be able to find provider that will ship the chemicals to me). So joining the challenge will be very time consuming for me.
I'll think about it...

You know you want to

Of course I want! But there are many more things I want...
Following the discussion about the instant film, maybe I can try to shoot with my medium format cameras with Polaroid back...
Still, don't sign me up yet...
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Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:


Of course I want! But there are many more things I want...
Following the discussion about the instant film, maybe I can try to shoot with my medium format cameras with Polaroid back...
Still, don't sign me up yet...


I don't know what instant film your back use , mine all use the Fuji FP-100 stuff which isn't made anymore , but a replacement might be in sight ;

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 09:36
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Hmm, tempting...
There is no place here for developing film, which means that if I sign in I need to develop by myself (hopefully I will be able to find provider that will ship the chemicals to me). So joining the challenge will be very time consuming for me.
I'll think about it...

You know you want to

Of course I want! But there are many more things I want...
Following the discussion about the instant film, maybe I can try to shoot with my medium format cameras with Polaroid back...
Still, don't sign me up yet...


This guy might be helpful: victor bezrukov - he is in Israel and develops his own film.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 12:27
Neil, I still have one package of expired Fuji FP-100. But I doubt it would work with the weather here (it was not refrigerated...). In any case, I am very skeptical regarding Kickstarter campaigns and the one you linked to is very expensive. I cannot believe it should be expensive to reproduce the Fuji FP-100 as I am sure that there is an expired patent about it in which one can find the protocol how to make it. The only issue is the initial investment to get a factory to produce it...

Addy, thank you for the link. I didn't know this photographer, but I like his work! Actually, there is a big scene of very talented film photographers in Israel and there is a Facebook group in which they share their knowledge (and their art). There are also few active labs that still process film, but they are all in Tel Aviv and I live 4 hours drive away from Tel Aviv. Of course there is the option of mailing the film, but the Israeli Post services are really bad and I wouldn't send my films by mail.
I do have the equipment for developing my own films and I have a dedicated scanner. The only issue is time...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 December 2018 at 15:30
Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

I do have the equipment for developing my own films and I have a dedicated scanner. The only issue is time...
I know the feeling
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

I do have the equipment for developing my own films and I have a dedicated scanner. The only issue is time...
I know the feeling


Same here..
I'm back up to about 9 B&W films and 11 colour to develop ......got a load ready and waiting in the developing tanks , just getting chance to get them done .
If it's not one thing it's another ......
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Originally posted by rovhazman rovhazman wrote:

Neil, I still have one package of expired Fuji FP-100. But I doubt it would work with the weather here (it was not refrigerated...). In any case, I am very skeptical regarding Kickstarter campaigns and the one you linked to is very expensive. I cannot believe it should be expensive to reproduce the Fuji FP-100 as I am sure that there is an expired patent about it in which one can find the protocol how to make it. The only issue is the initial investment to get a factory to produce it...



I'll not be putting money on any kickstarter projects myself either .
I have an issue with giving money to someone for something that doesn't exist and might never , with no way of getting my money back .

Just thought I'd mention it as the guy seems to be the same one who started the Impossible project ( now Polaroid again ) and as I read it , it seems if successful it might come back on the market as a retail product , and if production is of sufficient volume , individual prices should come down .

The last time I bought some it was about £10 a pack ,new, from Amazon .

As it is , I think sheet film will be cheaper with much better I.Q , medium format certainly is . Just not instant .




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Well, I've googled Lomo Purple - interesting stuff, bit pricey though!

I've also looked into processing and found a local shop still does it - and a friend who still has a darkroom! There are also numerous mail order places so there is no processing barrier.

So, subject to availability for when the challenge takes place, I'm in.

Any recommendations for colour and B&W film? I have ordered some Kodak ColorPlus because it is cheap, I intend to use it to test out a couple of bodies for potential use in the challenge and a couple of processing labs to see how they perform. Given it is so cheap I'm guessing it is not a superb film, what are you guys using?



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