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.
Okay so I am writing this article solely based on my own experiences with the Spectra System Camera. In my opinion I think that it is the best choice if you are in the market for a moderately priced Polaroid. I don’t think that is can compete with Polaroid SLR cameras, but I think it is a close second choice. If you only want to spend about 30 bucks then the Spectra System is the best bang for your buck.
Oh the SX-70 OneStep Polaroid. The one with the rainbow strip down the front to be more specific. It’s iconic and if you are from the younger generation it might seem familiar because the Instagram main icon has taken some inspiration from it. This is the first of the box non-folding SX-70 cameras that were made as a cheaper alternative to the folding SX-70’s. The camera was first manufactured in 1977 and had many iterations until the mid eighties.
This is a somewhat rare camera in that it was a 50th Anniversary Edition Polaroid and it’s an awesome GOLD color! It actually is modeled exactly like an LMS SUN 600 camera, which is much more common. As it claims right on the camera itself, it was released for Polaroid’s 50th Anniversary which was in 1987. I believe there has also been a Sonar 660 version.
A few weeks ago I posted that The Impossible Project came out with some experimental film called Cyanograph. It was a monochromatic all blue film and was made for use with SX-70 model cameras. It was relatively cheaper then their normally priced film so I managed to buy a few packs of it.
Below are some of the results of the film using several different cameras, though I believe the best came from a folding SX-70 SLR. The first few are from non-folding box SX-70 cameras and were mostly taken outside in sunlight.
This first photo was taken with a non-folding SX-70 camera with an electronic flash. I think that the contrast between the sheets and Mark came out really well and it’s one of the best lit photos that I was able to take.
This is a follow up to my The Impossible Project Film in the heat of summer post. Their film is very temperamental and if it’s not developed in the right conditions the colors may be a little off. The main things that affect the development process is temperature and light. I am going to give my insight into developing pictures in cold weather today.
I live in Boston, and to say the least it has been a very long, snowy and cold winter. Taking pictures in this weather is not easy considering I generally walk about town with camera and film in tow making it susceptible to the outside weather. I decided to take out two different cameras out one day during a light snow fall, but it was about 15 degrees F outside. I took with me a more modern 600 series camera with built in flash from the 90’s and a folding SLR SX-70 Sonar OneStep. Both films for the cameras were taken out of the fridge and set out to reach room temperature for about an hour. So after the hour I load the film into the camera and I am out the door.
The Impossible Project just launched some new experimental film for SX-70 cameras called Cyanograph. It is described as “experimental monochromatic, low-contrast all blue film”. The film just went on sale today, but I would expect for it to be sold out in the next few days. This was offered to Impossible Pioneers first and now it is being offered to the general public.
The Impulse camera is non-folding 600 camera that is similar to the SX-70 non-folding cameras. I am not sure when these cameras were first produced, but I have a strong feeling that it was in the late 80’s. There are many versions of this camera, but they generally only varied in color and not much in functionality. This review is for the most common blue grey colored version. It comes with a built-in pop up flash that you push on to reveal the lens. You push it again and the lens cover slides back over and keeps the lens protected. When the cover is over the lens it also causes the camera to kind of shut down and you are not able to take photos. It’s shutter button is located on top towards the back of the camera. Some versions of the camera have a close-up option that is also located on the top of the camera and you have to slide a button and keep it there if you think your subject is within 2-4 feet. The camera is made out of plastic with a vinyl sort of covering over where you would hold the camera on the sides. The light management system is located in front of the camera right below the lens. It can be moved from the left side (lighter) to the right side (darker). This camera can sometimes be found in stock in my Etsy Shop or you can also find them on Ebay.com and in thrift shops. Since it is somewhat “newer” than a lot of other Polaroid Cameras it tends to be in good shape.
A few weekends I was treated to a weekend out in Cape Cod. It was a good experience, and being about an hour or so drive from my home I still rarely ever go, and have never been during the fall. I took a Spectra 2 Polaroid camera I had just received in the mail and had yet to test. I decided that I had to take it with me to see the results it would give.
Just to let you know it was not warm when I went. It was generally between 40 and 60 degrees F the entire weekend. This temperature is pretty ideal for Polaroid film and most of my images had no problem developing, although with a somewhat blue hue due to the colder temperature. I also made sure to shield the pictures from direct sunlight right when they were ejected from the camera and kept them in a book until they fully developed.