Instant Madness

Working on a  large format (4×5) project made me want to investigate the possibility of shooting some polaroid… Aware of polaroid’s demise I didn’t set my hopes too high to find what I wanted, but did manage to get my hands on some polaroid 55 (the stuff that is going for stupid prices on ebay) via friends and some polaroid 52. It’s all hopelessly out-of-date of course. We’ll see what happens…

The end of Polaroid 55 (the positive / negative magic envelope) prompted a state of panic and shooters bought everything they could get their hands on; enterprising ebayers did that too and we are now seeing packs of 20 sheets going for 189+ USD! That’s a mad 9 dollars 50 a shot! Now, call me over-optimistic but I wouldn’t be surprised to see an announcement sometime mid 2009 (don’t quote me on this of course) telling us that Fujifilm or even the Chinese makers of the more than descent Shanghai film have bought the Polaroid 55 patent… China is producing loads of film and with the rise of “art photography” someone there might well go ahead and decide to do this. It will probably be a bit more expensive than before due to a smaller production and it probably won’t be 100% identical but it will be the next best thing and won’t be 10 years out-of-date!