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    Discontinuing Polaroid Type 59 - End of an Art Form?

    Received a new box of Type 59 today. Its adorned with a yellow sticker stating that this product is being discontinued. Checked Polaroid's website, but nothing posted there yet. There was a post last month on the LF Forum alluding to this also, the information be obtained from Polaroid Customer Service.

    Well, here we go again folks. Another great product with some unique artistic characteristics going away. Nothing has been said about discontinuing Type 59's brothers (669 and 809) but I sure liked working with the individual 4x5 sheets. Type 669 is still very affordable but since it is a pack film, its kind of a hindrance for taking emulsion transfer shots in the field. Type 809 is hugely expensive.

    Time for a cry and a stock-up!
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    Who's sticker was it? Could have still been the place you got it from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akki14 View Post
    Who's sticker was it? Could have still been the place you got it from?
    The sticker implies that it came from Polaroid because it has their website address on it. However, I suppose it is possible that the retailer could have affixed the sticker. So, I can't say with certainty that the sticker came from Polaroid.
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    I just checked B&H website, it does not say discontinued! By the way why in the passed few years
    Polaroid films became so expensive?
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    I just checked the Polaroid site. They still have the T-59 information with no mention of discontinuance.... but there is none in the Polaroid on-line store.

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    Just checked the newsletter from Kathleen T Carr from Oct 31 of last year and in it she mentions that due to decline, that Type 59 has been discountinued. She does mention that Type 669 would continue as it is still used for passport photos.

    My thoughts are it is true, but a call/email to Polaroid would indeed confirm this sad news. However, I find it good news that 669 will continue and Type 59 should still be available for a few more months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hovig View Post
    I just checked B&H website, it does not say discontinued! By the way why in the passed few years
    Polaroid films became so expensive?
    1) B&H's web site has a history of errors and omission of data. Citing it as a source is like citing Wikipedia... (And B&H is not alone in this by any means)

    2) Polaroid film is getting expensive because of manufacturing cost, material cost, labor cost and a diminishing market.

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    I gotta say, it's a bit sad when companies communicate to us via stickers...if it is indeed true, I'm sad to see it go. I've seen some very nice work done with it in the past.
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    It's true...

    Our supply manager at the school store informed me he had just ordered the last remaining 5 boxes of Polaroid Type 59 from his supplier, it is dated to expire September 2008. His supplier has informed him the product is discontinued and will no longer be available for purchase.

    Another sad January for Polaroid enthusiasts, they yanked SX-70 January 2006 correct? I know it was cold outside...

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    I use Polaroid film in a 600 & 636, also for my Mamiya back (RB67.) I hope I'm not affected.

    Those who know, shoot film

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