Forums > Photography Talk > Sheet film replacement for Polaroid Type 55?

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Jamtron Studio

Posts: 1065

Venice, Florida, US

I loved the creamy skin tones I got with the polaroid 55 negatives, and the fact that I  didn't need a darkroom anymore added to it's appeal. Can anyone recommend a 4x5 sheet film that will give me something similar to the 55 look? I used to develop my own film, and much as I'd rather not, I can go back to it if I have to. Damn, I'm gonna miss those amazing edges, though.

Jan 23 09 05:01 pm Link

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MKanji

Posts: 422

Los Angeles, California, US

Sadly,
Theres nothing else like it!
I feel your pain.

Jan 23 09 10:36 pm Link

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Matt Blais Photography

Posts: 1954

Riverside, California, US

Efke ISO 25 is creamy smooth...but nothing will be exactly like T55..

Jan 24 09 07:29 am Link

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Bosaiya

Posts: 1772

Sumner, Washington, US

Matt Blais Photography wrote:
Efke ISO 25 is creamy smooth...but nothing will be exactly like T55..

I have loads of both and love them both. Efke is beautiful, but they're two different looks. Few things would make me happier, photographically, than an actual replacement for Type 55.

Jan 24 09 08:22 am Link

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GianCarlo Images

Posts: 2314

Brooklyn, New York, US

Polaroid is like Coca-Cola, a special formula.

Jan 24 09 08:24 am Link

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Bosaiya

Posts: 1772

Sumner, Washington, US

CDP Photo wrote:
Polaroid is like Coca-Cola, a special formula.

Indeed. And for me Type 55 is more like the original: plenty of coca to get you hooked.

Jan 24 09 08:26 am Link

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APHOTIC

Posts: 55

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Maybe if the 'Impossible Project' works out, you may see a new version appear.

Certainly Polapremium has some in stock, if you want to pay through the proverbial snout...

I am buying up the new stuff for the Sx-70..

Jan 24 09 08:33 am Link

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fotoone1

Posts: 376

Orange, California, US

Fuji might , i know that they make an instant 4x5 film

Jan 24 09 08:36 am Link

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APHOTIC

Posts: 55

Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

http://www.polapremium.com/shop/film/4x … 109_55film

This is a link to some 55 sheet. At £140 per box... not sure of the current exchange rate....

Jan 24 09 08:39 am Link

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Bosaiya

Posts: 1772

Sumner, Washington, US

Mark Chappell wrote:
http://www.polapremium.com/shop/film/4x5inch/fi_4x5_1_0109_55film

This is a link to some 55 sheet. At £140 per box... not sure of the current exchange rate....

Yeah, that made the rounds. I've still got plenty, but I doubt I'll be replacing it without major outside investment.

Jan 24 09 08:42 am Link

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Bosaiya

Posts: 1772

Sumner, Washington, US

There's also usually a few boxes for sale on largeformatphotography.info. The prices are usually kept in check through comments.

Jan 24 09 08:43 am Link

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Jamtron Studio

Posts: 1065

Venice, Florida, US

Thanks for the help! I'm going to try the Efke. I've got developing tubes I use for 4x5's, so I can do it all in the kitchen sink (the darkroom quickly turned into a storage area). I still have a box of T55 in the fridge waiting for that special model.

Jan 24 09 11:29 am Link

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Bosaiya

Posts: 1772

Sumner, Washington, US

SITRON STUDIO wrote:
Thanks for the help! I'm going to try the Efke. I've got developing tubes I use for 4x5's, so I can do it all in the kitchen sink (the darkroom quickly turned into a storage area). I still have a box of T55 in the fridge waiting for that special model.

Efke has some interesting quirks that you may never experience. But it's beautiful! There are a number of threads devoted to it on apug.org

Jan 24 09 12:25 pm Link

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Time to Shoot

Posts: 4724

Arlington, Virginia, US

Damned technology changes. (guess Polaroid feels the same way)

Jan 24 09 05:27 pm Link

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Tim Summa

Posts: 2489

San Antonio, Texas, US

Here is a little help in your quest. Type 55 was Kodak Panatomic-X emulsion. You are looking for that type of film. Heads up, it was a 'B' sensitive film emulsion that Ansel Adams requested as a proofing material that would respond like Ekatchrome Tungsten ‘B’ emulsion; this means that it possessed a reciprocity index of five seconds (it’s normal exposure time was 5 seconds). Though it is on a thin base support, it was a high silver content film. The Efke line of  films should yield similar results.

Always keep in mind that different effects could be achieved by interchanging the dark cover paper envelope with processing pod and receiver paper to effect alterations in the different Polaroid print and emulsions (as example, changing the Polaroid 55 film center for the Polaroid HC film pack would increase the contrast of the Polaroid 55 as well as altering its speed; conversely, placing the 55 envelope in with the HC negative would drop the speed by 1/3 stop while reducing the HC effect to a slightly more contrast result for the negative (like doing an N++ expansion).

Yes, I was a CUC (Creative Use Consultant) for Polaroid and they went belly up because they never bothered to listen to the CUC’s in-put. Idiots.

Jan 24 09 10:42 pm Link

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Vanishing Point Ent

Posts: 1705

Los Angeles, California, US

I have excellent results with Ilford Pan F, ( 50 ISO ).

I always rate it at 25 ISO.  Then compensate for the B&W filters.

1 stop for a #8 yellow, 1 1/2 stops for a #11 yellow/green,

2 1/2 stops, for a 23 Red & 3 stops for a # 25A Red filter.

Using the right filter at the right time is important.

Jan 25 09 02:36 am Link

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FashionPhotographer

Posts: 2521

New York, New York, US

Type 55 also has incredible sharpness and grain!


http://www.aboutfacebookproject.com/
was shot on type 55 , nothing is anything like it.
- Phen

Jan 25 09 02:41 am Link

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CrackdLens

Posts: 239

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, US

There is a guy trying to develop a new type 55.
http://new55project.blogspot.com/

Mar 23 10 04:43 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

Reflected Lights wrote:
There is a guy trying to develop a new type 55.
http://new55project.blogspot.com/

cool

Mar 23 10 05:28 pm Link