and Polaroid film are gone, but not forgotten … Chris'
Camera Center even has fresh film
for some models
Although Polaroid Corporation announced in
February 2008 that they would stop making film
for instant cameras, there are still fresh films
being made for many models.
superb film for certain cameras.
If you have a Polaroid
Land camera that used Type 108, 107, 667, 668 or Type 669
film you're really in luck! These were the folding Polaroid
pack film models where you pulled the film out of the
camera, waited 10 to 60 seconds and peeled it apart.
Polaroid also made non-folding cameras such as the Color
Pack and the Big Shot.
In addition to cameras made by Polaroid,
Keystone Instant Cameras used the same film. So did Polaroid
backs for Hasselblads, Mamiya, Bronicas - even the
Marty Forscher made for Nikon 35mm cameras.
Fujifilm makes professional quality film to fit perfectly
in those Polaroid cameras. The FP-100C is color film and
each pack makes 10 photos 3¼ by 4¼ inches.
About flash: the flash bulbs and cubes and flash bars
used in those cameras aren't made anymore, but the folding
pack cameras have a standard PC synch socket. You can use a
flash but the camera won't adjust its exposure
automatically. Set your flash to full power, set the camera
all the way to "darken", and stand about six feet from your
subject. If the pictures are too dark, get closer to the
subject. If they are too light, stand farther away. It's not
perfect, but it's a good workaround.
The ultimate Polaroid folder are the
Model 180 and the Model 195. They used big lenses with
conventional shutters and f-stops, so you could set any
exposure you wanted and use just about any flash unit with a
If your Polaroid Land camera spit the
photos out the front after you took the picture, you may be
able to get film for it. This would include models such as
the Polaroid SX-70, the Sun, the Spirit and the 680.
Impossible Project was launched in
2008 to manufacture film for these legacy cameras. They
bought some of Polaroid's manufacturing equipment and
conquered some of the huge problems to bring new film to
market, which is now available at Chris' Camera Center.
This is not a general purpose film!
It's intended for the creative experimenter,
for the artsy. You've got to protect it from strong light
while it's developing, and it doesn't do well with weak
lighting. And at the hefty price of about $3 a shot, those
blank shots are really painful. The Good News: When these do
come out, they come out amazing. Like nothing else out
there. If you are looking for a unique artsy look, these are
Available for cameras that used either SX-70 film or Type
600 film. With integral battery. 8 shots per package,
New instant cameras are
still being made - but not by Polaroid:
Fujifilm makes a
series of brand-new cameras that take excellent photographs,
and don't cost a fortune to feed! We've got them. The cost
per shot is about 1/3rd the cost of Impossible Project film,
and the color of the photos is much more natural.
With its automatically-adjusting flash,
high-resolution retracting lens and a big, clear viewfinder,
the Fujifilm Instax 300 captures and delivers vivid,
high-quality prints in an instant. Built-in electronic
Instax Wide Format Film has an image size of 3.90” x 2.44” -
about the size of some older Polaroid films. Film for 20
prints, $24.99 (that's a box with 2 packs of 10 photos each)
The Fuji Instax Mini produces photos the
size of credit card. Image size or printed area: 62 X 46mm
or 2.5 X 1.8 inches. The cameras have a built-in electronic
flash. Unlike the old Polaroid cameras the batteries are
regular AA batteries, instead of being locked in the film
Film for 20 prints, $21.99
There are great leather cases for these
Fuji also makes the same cameras that are
sold labeled as Polaroid brand in some of the big box
stores. The same Fuji Instax Mini film can be used in those.
Personally, I prefer cameras that go by the name of the
folks who made them!