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    Would you consider Polaroid Medium format?

    Would you consider Polaroid or Instax medium format?

    I know a lot of people consider the instant 4x5 materials as Large format, does that mean that film made by an SX-70 or an instax is medium format?
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    Well, not to duck the question, but does it really matter? OK, maybe if you're entering a contest for "large format" practitioners, then you'd want a definition. Otherwise, it's really a matter of semantics. What we now call medium format used to be called "miniature" many decades ago. But, my two cents...Polaroid 665 gave negatives that are 3 1/4 inches by 4 1/4 inches. That's considerably more than what is "normally" considered medium format these days (2 1/4 by 2 1/4, 2 1/4 by 3 1/4) -- probably about 180% of the latter. So you'd be justified, I think, in calling it large format if you wish. Plus you have to file the negs individually as do large format users --it's not roll film.

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    To be honest, now that the film and neg combo is no longer available, Polaroid is just Polaroid (except that is Fuji). The distinction made between 35mm, MF and LF was all about the ability to make various sized enlargements. A polaroid is an artefact in itself, not an intermediate step to a print, so it really has nothing to do with the classifications of negative formats.

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    maybe we'll have the negatives back soon. the project is quite advanced.

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    let's hope for the best.

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    IMPOSSIBLE is doing a good job to re-introduce "instant film" that fits the well-known polaroid camera's.
    myself, i use the PX70-film in my SX-70 folder.

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    It is completely in a class of its own.

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    Yep. I call it instant film.
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    Unless you're getting a 5x4 negative (or larger) it's just a print and rather format less, as others have said just an instant print.

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    Admittedly never having shot LF, I would have considered the negative from 665 to be on the MF-LF border. Since it was for all intents and purposes a sheet film, that would have crossed it over to a large format classification for me. I do not count any other Polaroid film as any "format", since you can't enlarge by projection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maarten m View Post
    IMPOSSIBLE is doing a good job to re-introduce "instant film" that fits the well-known polaroid camera's.
    myself, i use the PX70-film in my SX-70 folder.

    http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

    Is this why the SX-70 is still commanding high prices on eBay? I didn't realize there was film still available for it!!

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