They seem to be bringing in a lot of money through sales of this product!
Originally Posted by Q.G.
As for the fade to black, it is probably a rejected Polaroid product that was there in a master roll. Or, it may have been packed or they tested the packaging equipment. In any case, it was most likely a reject!
Or not, given that not everyone shares in the enthusiasm about what the film turned out to be.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
I confess that I hadn't followed the "Project" in any detail and I suppose I was just expecting that it was, effectively, the "old" polaroid films or equivalents being brought back into production.
I can see that this new film has real possibilities in the hands of enthusiastic analogue photographers, but, given the price, the apparently tricky or critical handling, and the finished results, it's surely not going to persuade the average snapshotter to dig out his old Polaroid camera from the attic?
Not being deliberately negative, but if I were an investor, I'd be worried that there would be sufficient ongoing sales volume from the more specialist "enthusiast" users for the project to be viable?
Too late - they're already digging them out to dump on eBay.
Originally Posted by railwayman3
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
True enough...there's certainly an enthusiast/cult demand, but I was thinking of the tens of millions who just want quick-and-easy instant family snaps and have swapped to d****** of one sort or another, they're not going to come back to Polaroid.
Originally Posted by clayne
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I'm on the fence about this. I really want to try this new film and give it a chance, but I'm very disappointed with everything I've been seeing and reading about it. Some of the pictures I've seen look interesting, but most of them are just...yuck. Total crap. True, there is an interesting "dreamy" quality to them...but that novelty is going to wear off fast. Especially considering how expensive the film is and apparently how hard it is to use. Some people are saying you just have to be more patient and take more time with your shots...well, I already do that with medium format film. What's the point of putting all that work into composing your pictures but then you never know how they're going to turn out...especially when you only get 8 pictures per cartridge!
I probably will look around for an SX-70 and I will try at least one cartridge just out of curiosity. But I don't know...I'm really on the fence about this.
I also don't like how Impossible Project is trying to market themselves as if they're the ONLY ones left who are making any kind of instant film. Fuji makes very nice instant peel-apart film which works great with antique Polaroid Land cameras. The results are consistent, giving very nice pictures with beautiful colors...and their film is cheap. I especially like Fuji's black and white instant film, FP-3000. It captures absolutely beautiful pictures.
Impossible Project needs to remember that. They act as if they're the saviours of instant film and they're trying to cater too much to the lomography fad. I'm not into lomography. I'm into film photography.
But I will give it a chance. I've been following the Impossible Project for a while. Right now, I'm short on money and I'm also going through some rough times in my personal life. I'll look for an SX-70 and give it a try though. I just hope the Impossible Project improves the film and realizes that not everyone who likes instant film is into lomography.
Glad I didn't buy any of this first batch. I've had better results w/3 yr old 600 from eBay.
Talk to the Impossible USA. The woman there is so awesome. She has explaned to me that there are much better things to come and to keep my hopes up especially for the 600 film.
Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time
I must say, some photographers have learned how to treat this film and are getting interesting results. Have a look at what our own Akki14 has done, or look at the work on Flickr.
Yes, patience is a virtue - albeit not one often in evidence.
Originally Posted by Ektagraphic
I suspect things will improve dramatically over time. These guys had to show something. And given the enormity of their task - and their noteworthy willingness to take it on - what they showed seems to demonstrate promise. They just didn't have the luxury of working out all of the problems behind closed doors while waiting to unveil the perfect final results.
It is indeed a new world in analog Photography. And Impossible's efforts are part of that new world.
I agree with Chazzy. Take a look at Akki14's initial efforts. They're very good. At least I think so.
We have on APUG an entire group who regularly post tonally-soft, dreamy landscapes and portraits created using more traditional materials usually associated with razor-sharp, significant-contrast images. These efforts are consistently praised for their minimalist vision and beauty.
At the moment, the Impossible films fall into a similar rendition category. Let's be patient and see how they evolve down the road.
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932