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    Expired 4x5 Polaroid Worth Shooting?

    Everything expired late 1992... Can I even shoot it? I have ISO 50, 400, and 3000 (!!!!).

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    no harm in trying?
    No matter what comes out of a test shot, just sell it on fleabay with 'perfect for lomography' and it'll sell to some chump...
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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    Haha well I happen to appreciate lomography so maybe I'll be the chump and just use it. However, I ask because I don't actually have a 4x5 camera. My dad found eight boxes of film at NASA (where he works) and I wanted to know if I should start looking for something to shoot with.

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    Unless it was stored under the very worst of conditions something interesting should develop (pun). However, spending a few to several hundred dollars for the equipment to shoot said film (unless you have access to a camera, lens, 545 film holder) seems a bit exorbitant.

    I, on the other hand, have such equipment and would volunteer to test a box for you...

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    I shot some Type 51 that was expired in 1981... A lot of dead pods but I managed to get a few exposures and it was fun to play around with.


    Polaroid self-portrait by Anthony DeLorenzo, on Flickr

    A couple of possibilities:

    You can sell half that film for enough money to get a camera to shoot it with. It goes for a mint on eBay.

    If you were located close to me I'd lend you all the gear you need in exchange for a box or two. Might want to see if someone in your neck of the woods is interested in that kind of arrangement.

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    Great self portrait. There's something so great about hitting silver crystals laid down 30+ years ago with fresh light. An inherent sense of purpose.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

    http://www.flickr.com/kediwah

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    Is it the sheet of packfilm? sheet holders in 4x5 are dirt cheap, like $10 or so. 4x5 pack holders aren't much more. The only equipment that costs >$100 are the 405 holders because they take the only currently-available fp100 and fp1000 films...
    An awful lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced in the making of this post.

    f/64 and be there.

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    Leave it to develop for a bit longer (50% is probably a good start) - the process basically develops to completion anyway with the 4x5 films. Expect poor blacks, some strange colour casts and dried up development pods... Perfect lomography.

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    When I dug out my great-grandmother's "The 800" Polaroid camera last year, I bought some 40-series film from ebay. Some rolls worked, some had dried chemistry. Oddly, I got images from film expired in 1968, but had no luck with film from the 80s. What I did get wasn't great, but it was fun, and I have more to shoot.

    I'm not sure how the old instant roll-film pods compare to what you are using, but if you can borrow a camera or get a cheap back, give it a try.
    Truzi

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    The film will be hit-or-miss. The one most likely to work will, paradoxically, be the ISO 3000 (Type 57) film. However, if I were in your position, I would sell the film and use the proceeds to get more equipment in your preferred format. The film, even this old, will probably go for around $40 a box, which all together could buy you a very nice lens.
    "Panic not my child, the Great Yellow Father has your hand"--Larry Dressler

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