Failing that, what would be nice is if Ilford or somebody would just source the type 55 film as sheets. Screw the pack and pods. That would be a film folks would buy. If I could have purchased it as just plain film, I would have.
I think that could actually happen. Where the hell did that film come from? Did Polaroid make it? Or did Big Yellow? Or someone else? Where was it coated? Are there master rolls left? These are questions really worth looking in to.
You describe my sentiments Jason. I would love to get the N55 film alone. Who did make the film. My spider senses tell me that Kodak made the film but may be legally held to some kind of non-disclosure.
Now I'm no fan of digital, and I don't really like the looks of this one, but I'm afraid that its probably gonna be the kind of camera that Polaroid will endup replacing theirs with. I'm really surprised that they want to market that mini printer first instead of replacing their system with an all digital camera.
I did a search on type 55. I couldn't find anything on who is the exact producer of 55, or whether the base product is still made. I did however find out that Kodak produced Polaroid's film from 1963 to 1969. I haven't been able to track down the exact year that 55 was put into production, but if it was within that time period I would assume that Kodak was the original producer. If so, then either Polaroid took it in house by 1970 or possibly Kodak produced the base product for them even after that. If either is true, than it probably doesn't exist in any form other than the final batch because Polaroid has abandoned all film and Kodak only produces a limited range.
Just a guess though. Maybe somebody else knows more about the product history.
I stand corrected on my earlier statement. Polaroid is planning on releasing a digital instant camera sometime after their printer. Both Fuji and IBM have patents listed as being digital instant cameras as well. Some of these patents go all the way back to the early 1980's.
Also, heres an interesting article I just ran across. Check it out.
Just a note about Fuji instant film. I read online yesterday that fuji is discontinuing fp-100b45, not the fp-100b though. People are getting concerned that fuji may pull out of the instant business too. There are no plans to sell fuji instax cameras in the US and they have no plans to produce any of polaroids products, and as I said before, they've already discontinued one of their own peel aparts. According to asian users though, theres no sign that fuji will cutback over there anytime soon. I'd say it'll just be a matter of paying more for shipping to get it from overseas. One of these days though, Hope somebodys got a plan!