I bought a vintage Polaroid Camera last year from my friend Tyson. I got it for a really good price and was super stoked. However, it has been sitting in my camera closet ever since the day I received it in the mail. I’ve been itching to play with film lately, including Polaroid film. I want to get a Polaroid attachment for my Holga, for example, and try my hand at image transfer. In the meantime, my husband picked up the closeted Polaroid and thought he would order some film for it and play. He searched online and, holy crap. Polaroid film is expensive. Completely out of the question expensive. He did a bit more searching and found Impossible Project Film.
This is all new to me but it is an interesting story. From what we were told by the people who sold us the film, Polaroid stopped making film for their cameras and they are not revealing the chemistry behind the film so the The Impossible Project‘s goal is to reverse engineer the chemistry. It is not perfect and sometimes, as you can see in the photo above, you get weird spots on the image. I’m not sure what causes that.
Impossible Project Film is much less expensive. But it is still rather spendy. Each photo is $3 a shot. Is it worth it? I don’t know.
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Buy a Polaroid Automatic 100. It’s a fantastic camera and you can buy color or B&W film made by Fuji through Amazon. It’s so much fun!
oh cool! I will look into that. Thanks!
Pro Photo Supply in NW pdx advertises that they sell single packs of the Impossible Project film. I haven’t made it over to verify, however. They definitely sell the fuji 100 pcks the previous commenter mentions, though. You can often find a polaroid that takes that film at Goodwill for around $10. Here’s an example of a pic using it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79484682@N00/3938521269/in/photostream
Thank you so much, Catastrophysicist! I will have to go check them out! I’m also going to check out Goodwill and my local thrift stores. Great idea!!