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    Any tips for long-expired Polaroid sheet film?

    I have some Polaroid Type 51 4x5 sheet film on the way, this is high-contrast black and white positive/negative film. About 30 years old. I'm fully aware that I might get nothing from it but the price was right at less than $1/sheet, compared to the $5-10 or more per sheet that the more recently expired stuff is fetching. Any tips for shooting film this old?

    I have heard 1 stop per decade for old roll film but I'm not sure if this would apply to Polaroid.

    In any case it should be interesting...

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    My concern is that after 30 years, the developer pods have broken and/or dried out meaning you will get little (or no) developer spread, but you'll never know until you try. Good luck!

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    I've never had muck luck with old Polaroid film but others seem to have. Like the Prof said, the biggest problem will be the developer pod. give it a try. If the developer pod is still any good you'll get some image; if not, maybe none. My only advise is to have fun but don't get your hopes up too high until you see a result. Sometimes if the pod is even halfway "gooey" you can get some interesting artistic results. Enjoy!

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    not sure, but this might help ?
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/polaroid-expired/
    i googled about hydrating the monodeveloper
    and some people have attempted with a humidifier,
    and no on had much luck. if it was the #55 film
    you can remove the film/negative and just process it in
    normal developer ( it is reportedly panatomic x-like )

    have fun !
    john
    im empty, good luck

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    What is the attraction of old, old film?
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    Sometimes it is trying to get the last experience of a favorite emulsion; other times it is experimentation. It's all good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    What is the attraction of old, old film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    What is the attraction of old, old film?
    The attraction for me is that it exists and it was cheap.

    I paid $1 for a 4x5 Polaroid back because I really hope that New 55 film will materialize in the future but in the meantime I'll try my luck with whatever old film I can buy on eBay.

    Granted 1980s is really old but even the 10-year expired Type 55 is selling for $5-10 a sheet.

    I've never shot a polaroid in my life so I'm kind of excited about the idea. If I get anything at all it will be really cool to see an image on something that was created that long ago.

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    I have one pack of this 4x5 film and have tried 2 sheets. In both cases the pod of developer goo was dried out and cracked. It was just as Fred said above. They go bad.

    I sacrificed a 3rd to investigate and prove what was wrong. It was the pot for sure.

    PE

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    I have had really good luck with old Polaroid films; only a few have been dried out.

    Below is a shot I took a few months ago on type 55 that expired in 1981.




    Jonathan

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    Feel the pods. They should feel a little like putty. If there are hard spots, I am afraid you will have little luck with it. The re humidifying comment may have some merit. Maybe with a syringe and some time you may resuscitate it. Just an idea.

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