Polaroid monochrome slide film...dead as dinoaurs?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Richard H. Weiner, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. I know that Polaroid had a real bad stint there (and they are not out of
    the woods yet) and so they started dropping products left and right. The
    one thing I really wanted to try out was their slide film...in
    particular the monochromatic stock (can't remember the name at the
    moment) but it looks like that got dropped a few years back, at least
    here in North America.

    Does anyone in the world know if this slide film still exists and, more
    importantly, if there are still rolls of it for sale?

    Much appreciated,
    Richard
     
    Richard H. Weiner, Oct 7, 2004
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  2. Richard H. Weiner

    Gordon Moat Guest

    It shows up sometimes on EBAY. The other thing that is needed is the
    Polaroid hand crank processor. I tried these films a few years ago, and I
    really could not find any reason to continue using any of them.

    B/W slide film can be had by getting AGFA Scala, or using some films with
    reversal kits, like Kodak TMax 100. Another option is DR5, though check
    their film recommendations first. <http://www.dr5.com>
     
    Gordon Moat, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. I hadn't thought of looking on eBay. I would suppose that anything from
    that route would be outdated and suspect.

    So, this film is not being produced at all?...even in Europe?

    I knew that Polaroid (North America) dropped this film and that any
    remaining stock sold out by the time I got to thinking about it. But I
    had hoped that the Europeans would keep it alive.

    But given that other established film producers are culling or dropping
    lines I guess I'm SOL.
    ....Curiousity mostly. I had heard of this slide film and even managed to
    snag the hardware to process it at bargain basement prices. Little
    wonder! Now I've got the equipment but no film to put into it. Bugger.

    It was earlier, a few years ago, that I came across some interesting
    images on this film and I liked the fact that it would be very
    contrasty...I had muted lighting figure studies in mind.

    Plus this was before digital really took off so this film was the next
    best thing to 'instant results'.

    I know of Scala and have seen some slides projected with it but I
    understand it's very expensive and needs to go to a lab in Toronto (I'm
    in the Vancouver, BC area) to get processed.

    I've not read much about reversals and don't do my own developing. I
    really should into bulk B&W print film / developing though as I've heard
    it's probably the simplest and I'd be scanning the negs away. But it
    would have to be able to do without a darkroom.

    But back to this Polaroid film...
    So I guess that the answer is no to both questions. Oh well, it's worth
    trying.

    Thanks for the reply.
    Richard
     
    Richard H. Weiner, Oct 8, 2004
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  4. Richard H. Weiner

    Jim Phelps Guest

    I have not seen this film offered for sale in Europe, so I guess dead as
    doornails.
     
    Jim Phelps, Oct 8, 2004
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  5. Richard H. Weiner

    Gordon Moat Guest

    The note from Polaroid is that they stopped producing these films at the end
    of 2002. You might still find a few on EBAY, though they might be close to
    expiration date. If you find B/W Polaroid instant 35 mm films, they might be
    okay at least one year after expiration, though possibly needing a change in
    exposure.
    I remember a few interesting images showing up in P magazine, though it has
    been at least a year since I have seen any of this stuff. There are other
    B/W films that can produce similar results, especially through a place like
    DR5.
    It really was not that much faster than doing E-6 on location, or in the
    kitchen. I did not think it was much easier than E-6, but I have never tried
    doing my own B/W reversal processing. If you want B/W slides, without using
    a copy system (negative photographed with a negative film gives a positive).
    Not a great price, but unique results.
    Some places will not ship the reversal chemicals, so you might want to check
    locally.
    If you already have the processing machine, then try to find a little of the
    film from EBAY. Nothing wrong with experimenting.
    Glad to be of help.
     
    Gordon Moat, Oct 8, 2004
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  6. Gordon Moat wrote:

    Just did a check on eBay...how does 1994 sound to you?
    haha!

    The guy selling the film says that he's still getting good results from
    it. I don't think it's worth it though.

    Now I think I have a new doorstop or museum piece with the processor.
    Damn.

    Oh well.
    Richard
     
    Richard H. Weiner, Oct 9, 2004
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  7. Richard H. Weiner

    Gordon Moat Guest

    Ten years old film . . . it might still work okay. Just to be safe, I would
    probably add a stop of exposure. Actually, I am not sure about the chemical
    composition of the Polaroid film, though normal B/W film should be okay even
    after ten years of ageing.
    If the price was low enough, including shipping, it might be an interesting
    experiment.
    Maybe you could use the processor to do normal B/W. I don't remember how well
    that was made, though it might hold some chemicals, and give some interesting
    results . . . though that would mean more experiments.
     
    Gordon Moat, Oct 10, 2004
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