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    Reviving Polaroid--Harman and The Impossible Project

    According the the BJP, it looks like some b&w 8x10 polaroid film could start being made again in 2010 but the more interesting news is that Harman and the Impossible Project have some film for the 600 and SX-70 cameras in development right now.

    Also noted is that 779 film will be available at everyone's favorite trendy clothing store, Urban Outfitters, in about a week.

    http://www.bjp-online.com/public/sho...ml?page=867790

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    Ugh, the Urban Outfitters thing appears to be a special one-time deal to offload remaining stock -

    http://www.gadgetreview.com/2009/08/...utfitters.html

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    The problem with the Impossible Project product being sold in Urban Outfitters is it will be very expensive. Probably so expensive to where I won't buy it.

    I read on an article in NYT a few weeks ago they're expecting a 10-pack of film to be $25, and a 20-pack to be $40. I Could be slightly off with those numbers, but I know the film will be much more expensive than when Polaroid produced it.

    Hopefully if it takes off they'll be able to produce it more cheaply and the price will come down to something more similar to pre-cancellation levels.

    But Urban Outfitters....yuck. They sell Holgas there too. I walked into the store once to look at their cameras....it is a very very strange store. Definitely not my cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david b View Post
    Also noted is that 779 film will be available at everyone's favorite trendy clothing store, Urban Outfitters, in about a week.
    IMHO If we start talking about coolness and trends it's a bad move for photography, because the places where it sells isn't what makes it interesting, cool or appealing, except for a part of the population that think that they can buy style, so if it gets identified with a trend as any trend it will pass without looking back.

    On the other hand, better there than nowhere
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    Beggars cannot be choosers.

    Just be happy it's available.

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    So is Polaroid just selling the machinery and not selling or leasing the processes, such as Type 55?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david b View Post
    Beggars cannot be choosers.
    Just be happy it's available.
    Only up to certain point.

    It was gone once, so some people may not be too tempted to get into the stuff again if it can be treated (ie dumped out) like a past-season jeans. I'm glad it's back, but also I hope that this is only the first step (on a less "frivolous" selling chain).
    Last edited by Muihlinn; 08-19-2009 at 02:43 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    i don't care who is selling sx-70 or 8x10 polariod sheets, i will buy and be happy to do so.
    http://www.aclancyphotography.com

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    How does one process an 8x10 Polaroid?
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    "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."— Dorothea Lange
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    Quote Originally Posted by EASmithV View Post
    How does one process an 8x10 Polaroid?
    The material comes in two parts, a negative sheet that is exposed in the camera using a special Polaroid filmholder, and a positive receiving sheet that is combined with the negative sheet in a processor, which is just a device with two metal rollers that joins the two sheets and squeezes the chemical pods. You can probably find the equipment for cheap, since a lot of people (including me) sold theirs when the material just got too expensive to be practical.
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