Next question? Polaroid?

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Brad Bireley, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Brad Bireley

    Brad Bireley Member

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    With the B&J kit I received 2 bodies. One of the bodies has a back attached so that a polaroid holder can be used, which was included also. I received a couple of packs of both color & B&W polaroid film with the kit. There are no instructions with the film. Once I make the exposure what do I do next?

    Thanks again,
    Brad
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Polaroid made/make a load of different films, most need a little warmth in colder climates, just look on the film pack and go to the Polaroid site for details.

    Normally though, load, then pull the film sheath out - expose push sheath back, -move roller lever then pull out carefully - that breaks the chemical pod and spreads across the negative. Time depends on the film type.

    Ian
     
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    Also, when sliding the Polaroid packet into the holder, make sure the correct side is facing the opening. You should see a little circle with cross-hairs.
     
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    For proper Polaroid development, with the Holder Processing arm in the correct position, pull the film packet out of the holder with a smooth even motion. Otherwise the film may process unevenly. After the film is processed for the proper length of time based upon the temperature, carefully peel the paper sheets away from the film or negative.

    Rich
     
  5. Brad Bireley

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    Thanks again everyone. I'm going to give it a try this weekend!
     
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    One other thing, Brad. Some Polaroid films (eg, Type 55) require coating the positive or clearing the negative. If you don't want to carry a container of clearing solution with you, you can always develop the film later. Just omit "move the roller lever" (above). Pull it right out.

    Then, when you get home, reinsert the film into the holder and continue with Ian's directions.
     
  7. David A. Goldfarb

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    Press the release button, and then...

    A couple of other suggestions--Store Polaroid film flat so the chemicals don't all flow to one side and cause uneven results.

    If the film is old, don't be surprised if there are undeveloped corners.

    At first, you might find it easier to remove the back, set it on the edge of a table, and pull straight out, if you're having problems getting an even pull. It should take about 1 second to pull the packet through the rollers--not too fast.
     
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    Oops! Thanks, David.
     
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    What Brad failed to mention is that this is pack film. Polaroid 405, not 545 as some have assumed. Had I been online more and working less these past few days, I could have eliminated some confusion. I know this detail because I'm the one that sent it to him.
    Brad, call me if you have any questions.
    Chris