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    I can't speak to the future of the 20x24 Polaroid material, but several photographers working with the big cameras (Tracy among them) have been featured over the last several years in View Camera Magazine. It is always one of my favorite subjects that Steve Simmons covers.
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    We've always known Polaroid would stop making the film someday. At present, when that "someday" will be remains uncertain.
    I can't tell you how many times in the last 20 years I've heard others say how much they'd love to use the 20x24 someday. Perhaps if everyone interested follows up, we can postpone the inevitable even longer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TracyStorer View Post
    I can't tell you how many times in the last 20 years I've heard others say how much they'd love to use the 20x24 someday.
    Count me in that crowd. Making it happen is the obstacle to overcome.
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    It is the cost of using the 20x24 that is the big hurdle. At least it is for me. I have had a portrait project in mind for quite a while but it will never happen because of cost. I do like the look of those Polaroids though.
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    There are quite a few Polaroid 20 x 24 cameras around its a question of who made the camera. Some cameras are better built then others same goes for the processors. I know of 4 cameras myself .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Will,

    Thanks for the link. Apart from the 'museum' quote I saw nothing to suggest that film was going to run out. Have you further information on this? I have an especially soft spot for these monsters as Polaroid kindly made a 20x24 portrait of my wife and me in 1995 with the Great Camera of Prague; it hangs on my séjour wall yet, a fascinating piece of technology.

    Cheers,

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    Neil Gaimon reports it at http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/20...-polaroid.html, but he is just an author, not a photographer :-) I can only assume that either he is joking or that the photographer told him this. I just sent him a note to see if he would tell his where he heard the info.

    Sorry to cause worry. Hopefully it will be good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will S View Post
    Neil Gaimon reports it at http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/20...-polaroid.html, but he is just an author, not a photographer :-) I can only assume that either he is joking or that the photographer told him this. I just sent him a note to see if he would tell his where he heard the info.

    Sorry to cause worry. Hopefully it will be good news.

    Thanks,

    Will
    Dear Will,

    Thanks again. Certainly bears further investigation, even if we are all suspicious of the reliability of the reporters.

    But the camera phone pic of his portrait suggests that he knows little about photography, and cares less -- though some of his written work is brilliant, especially 'Smoke and Mirrors' and, in collaboration with Terry Pratchett, 'Good Omens'.

    Waiting 15 minutes for adjustments suggests a fairly incompetent portraitist, too: I don't recall even 5 minutes.

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    Joyce Tenneson did a wonderful portrait project with one of these. The name of the project escapes me at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanV View Post
    Linda Broadfoot, a friend of mine uses one of the 20 x 24 cameras for her work.
    She does image transfers with those huge sheets... see some of them here at
    the Weston gallery... http://www.westongallery.com/artists...broadfoot.html

    I haven't heard anything about the camera being retired.

    Susan
    Susan,

    the link to the splendid pictures of Linda was something I immeddiately wanted to post also in this thread.

    There's one thing I don't get about her work with the 20x24" Polaroids: her images are rather extreme macros requiering a good amount of bellows draw and exposure correction.
    I have worked with type59 for some time now and I am not able to get acceptable color (read: no color shift) when doing exposures longer than 1/10th second.

    What's Linda's secret on this? The lighting and which?
    One thing I can come up with, is using a large aperture as this is possible when photographing rather flat subjects.

    Greetings,
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    Linda Broadfoot's images must be very impressive in person.

    Her statement says she shoots in the New York studio, so she has ample strobe lighting available to avoid reciprocity issues. I suspect she's also filtering a bit since the transfer process causes some color shift, and her color looks very neutral.

    I have some Type 809 on hand, and now I want to try some macros.
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