polaroid back for 8x10

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  1. harlemshooter

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    does this exist, and if so, where can i get polaroid 8x10 film? bw or color. thanks.
     
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    Yes it exists.

    Here is a video on how it is processed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTnCSdI_yt0

    It is a major pain in the a** because the film requires a separate processor.


    And btw, the film has been discontinued for a while....so the only way to buy the stuff is on ebay (for crazy prices!).
     
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    You know that Polaroid is out of business, right? And that Polaroid film has a limited shelf life, not all that long?
     
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    I have but three sheets of 803 left :sad:
     
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    polaroid 8x10

    The 8x10 uses a film holder for the negative, much like a regular holder. The holder is then inserted into the processor. There are a number of styles. I use the calumet portable units. The are compact, light and no power required. I have also owned the electric table top models ( I prefer the ones that do not require the loading tray).
    The impossible project people ( Harmon is now involved as well) purchased the 8x10 machinery this year and plan to have 8x10 back on the market in 2010.
    Good news since I only have one full case left from the last 809 run.

    The processors and holders are dirt cheap on ebay right now. It is the time to buy. Prices will radically increase once the film is released. Here is a link to the press release in the British Journal of Photography.

    http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=867790
     
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    thanks everyone.

     
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    I can't watch that video, but I assume Alex mixed up 8x10 Polaroid film holder with a 8x10 Polaroid back.
    The latter never existed to my knowledge as commercial item.

    But Polaroid had a seemingly made from scrap, motorized 8x10 back for their peel-apart film attached to a field-camera which Land used for his first show of his instant film in february 1947.
     
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    The once-fairly-common Polaroid 8x10 film was used in a Polaroid 8x10 film holder that was used with ANY 8x10 format camera just like a conventional film holder. It was dimensioned to fit the standard 8x10 back. The processing was done outside the camera in a tabletop processor which you inserted the film-holder into after removing it from the camera after making the exposure.

    I believe the special 20x24 Polaroid camera used for those Ultra-large images has an attached processor, but this is a custom designed camera from the ground up.

    You cannot get FRESH Polaroid 8x10 film as it hasn't been manufactured in the last few years. No Polaroid film is being manufactured by Polaroid. Polaroid has scrapped or sold off all their film manufacturing equipment. Petters Group (Owner of the Polaroid name) is just interested in licensing the name to makers of cheap light bulbs and such.
     
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