Since I am an Impossible Member, I sometimes get emails to try out some of their experimental film or film that is still in the early stages before it goes into mass production. I have reviewed some of their other film in the past and you can check two of them out below:
I think both of those films were pretty great and they were a lot of fun to work with. The Impossible Project has made some other experimental films in between which I have regrettably missed out on, so I jumped at the chance to try this new film they are calling Duochrome Black & Red Film. They claim it is a similar formula as their regular black and white film, which is my favorite. I like it because it develops much more quickly than their color film and is much less sensitive to the elements, such as temperature and light.
I have used about a pack and a half of this film and I really do love it. I am still trying to figure out what I like to shoot best with it, but I am leaning more towards portraits with dark backgrounds. It really gives you an unexpected result, but still reminiscent of a black and white pic. I took most of these pics on a SX-70 SLR with a filter on it.
I also took some photos in brighter situations with white back ground and outdoor photos, but I felt that it sometime was a little bit overexposed. It might have been based on my cameras settings, and i might have been able to even it out if I had opened up the light meter a little more.
I took a few group photos in a group setting and I felt that those came out pretty well too, though it did take me a little bit of tinkering with the camera settings to get the right shot. The first pic we took completely blew out our faces 🙁
And then the last one showed our faces well, but was then going in the opposite direction of getting too dark.
I scanned all of these Polaroids in with my HP Scanner, but it gave them a little bit of a greenish hue on the black areas of the actual photo that I could not seem to get rid of. The Polaroids themselves are actually a true red and black so the scans don’t capture their true essence.
I still love the results that I have been getting, and I look forward to using the rest of the film that I have. I do think that this film is more sensitive to over exposure, and that is the main criticism I have. Hopefully people that have been using it like it enough that it becomes available for everybody that shops on The Impossible Project website. The only film that I could find of The Impossible Project monochrome and duochrome films was on Amazon. It is actually the Third Man Records Black and Yellow film, which looks really cool but I have yet to try it out. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below:
Specifications for the 600 Series Film(based on what I know):
- 8 exposures per pack
- Type: Duochrome Black & Red 600 Film
- Format: 3.5 x 4.2 in (8.8 x 10.7 cm)
- Image area: 3.1 x 3.1 in (7.9 x 7.9 cm)
- Finish: Glossy
- Battery: Built in, long lasting battery to power up the camera and flash
I hope that you enjoyed this tiny review and look at this new Impossible Project Film. Maybe I will buy some the Duochrome Black and Yellow film next. I mean the packaging itself looks amazing :p