Best way to carry polaroid film

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Robert Kennedy, Sep 7, 2002.

  1. Robert Kennedy

    Robert Kennedy Member

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    So I've been playing with my 545 back lately and have been seriously considering using it in the field to proof my shots. The only thing is, as I have been devising different methods of transport for my new 4x5 gear, I can't really figure out a good way to carry 4x5 polaroid film.

    My sheet film is easy. I have 7 holders. Just load them up in a side pocket and go. The holders protect the film. But polaroid film has that nice, delicate little capsule of developer gel which I can easily feel on the end of each envelope. In fact it TELLS me to be very careful with that envelope so I don't pop the capsule.

    Which tends to send my mildly paranoid mind into a tailspin with visions of me setting my pack down wrong and ruining $30.00 worth of film in a go (Yes, I am cheap....). The box the stuff comes in is very flimsy and pretty useless at protecting the film. I just can't seem to figure out a simple and safe way to carry multiple sheets of this stuff around.

    So the question is, what do you do? Any cheap, easy to impliment ideas out there?
     
  2. BobF

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    Grocery store rubermaid containers. It is a little wider than necessary but just the right length and holds Polaroids and Quickloads safely and dust and water free. I was thumbing through Dykingas new book and noticed that he uses the same container so it's definitely not my idea.
     
  3. Jorge

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    I simply made space and put them in the box they came in. BTW a medium plastic bag would be good to carry to put all the waste from the film.
     
  4. argentic

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    Hi Robert,

    I transport them in two tupperware/rubbermade plastic containers in my car. One is loaded with the virgin films, and one loaded with sodium sulfite water. Once exposed I put the films in the wet container, and can stock them for a whole day without any problem. The waste goes into a plastic bag.

    Gilbert
    http://www.photocrack.com