Crowdfunding a new substitute for Polaroid film

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Apr 21, 2014.

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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, Apr 21, 2014
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    android Guest

    Polaroids of different sorts had that "je ne sais quoi" quality in them.
    Lot's of artist loved them. So did I. Don't know if I wanna go back
    there though...
     
    android, Apr 21, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    no need. just emulate the look digitally.
     
    Guest, Apr 21, 2014
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    I thought the only purpose for large Polaroids, or any for that matter, was to test exposure before using normal film stock?
     
    RichA, Apr 21, 2014
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    Guest Guest

    that was a common use for polaroid although not necessarily large
    format, and what was a drag was when the test shot was the best of the
    bunch.
     
    Guest, Apr 22, 2014
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    Mort Guest

    A few years ago, a Dutch-American company with headquarters in NYC was
    trying to restart the making of Polaroid film in NL and was purchasing
    (used) Polaroid cameras. They bought two of mine for a substantial
    amount of money. I have not heard anything more about that company
    since. I also wonder: why?

    Mort Linder
     
    Mort, Apr 22, 2014
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    Well, the Impossible Project is raping, er, selling crappy old plastic Polaroid instamatics to people for something like $200/ea. Cameras that won't sell on Ebay for $20. Maybe some other company had the same idea?
     
    RichA, Apr 22, 2014
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    Joe Kotroczo Guest

    This company? https://www.the-impossible-project.com/

    Looks like they found they're niche and are happily manufacturing
    Polaroid film and selling refurbished cameras.
     
    Joe Kotroczo, Apr 22, 2014
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    Martin Brown Guest

    Perhaps they like nasty chemicals and sticky tacky prints that require
    careful manipulation in a jacket pocket to develop properly.
    It was sometimes useful when you needed the results instantly. There was
    a variant that would produce rather high quality negatives too.

    Basically an insurance policy in case the actual images with the real
    equipment failed to turn out OK (and to spot any in frame glitches).
     
    Martin Brown, Apr 22, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    It has also been used for fine art reproductions.

    <http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-25/entertainment/ca-1013_1_giant-camera>

    iIRC the reproductions were so good that some museums, particularly the
    MFA in Boston, would not allow their collections to be reproduced unless
    there was a difference in the size.
     
    PeterN, Apr 22, 2014
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    Martin Brown Guest

    That would only make sense iff the original was a life size Polaroid.

    It is trivial to determine the difference between modern photo dyes and
    original artists pigments and binding media. It is one of the technical
    ways that art frauds are discovered by dating the pigments/binders.
     
    Martin Brown, Apr 23, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Agreed. A more common technique was to X-Ray the piece. But, not all
    purchasers are that cautious, especially if they think they are getting
    a bargain. There are all sorts of art fraud committed.
    However, the point is that the reproduction was so good that the MFA
    decided to take that precaution.
     
    PeterN, Apr 23, 2014
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