Polaroid Type 55 P/N

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  1. Jamie R

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    Hi there,

    Does anyone use this emulsion here?

    I've taken it up again and love using this material. Other than fixing in hyposulphite, I wonder if anyone has found a way to harden the negative against scratching?

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    Jamie
     
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    Hi Jamie! I have an outdated box of it stashed in the studio somewhere that I'm dying to play with, but haven't used it yet. I'm smitten with the look of this film and already have a few projects I want to try. :D

    I pulled this from the Polaroid site because I'll need this info myself when I do find time to play. Hope this helps!

     
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    Hi Terri,

    This is what I've been doing, although I guess what is causing the scratches is probably related to the negative portion and the paper brushing against each other when I return the unexposed print to contact the negative.

    Washing after clearing is more challenging: 2 hours away from civilisation, the nearest water is going to be a stream which isn't on.

    Do be careful with expired film: I had a box of expired film which I used, and it was mostly congealed with alkali leaking out of the sides. It got very messy and seemed to create even more on the holder!

    Thanks for the link too.
     
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    Yep, using expired film is always a crap shoot. I got this box for free, so, considering the cost of this stuff, it helps to know I can't really *ruin* anything. I just need to stick my toe into the P/N waters and get the feel of it. :D
     
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    Terri -

    I wonder if this expired stuff would be a good idea to start trying to 'develop' the neg portion of the 55P/N in a wet solution dev. stop and fixer like other films. Would the quality be better than the jelly developer which the P/N comes in?

    Worth a shot maybe?!
     
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    That sounds kind of like what my husband has been suggesting for a setup. We just need to get everything assembled and do some more reading before we do it. He hasn't worked with this stuff in a long time and of course I'm as green as grass! :wink:
     
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    I'd love to know what your results are like Terri.

    If Polaroid 55P/N is Panatomic X, then the times for development should be widely available on the net. My main prob. is, I can't wait that long to develop - I want instant gratification like a digital camera user, with results in less than 30 seconds.

    Actually, 55 P/N is faster than digital imaging in terms of print output ;)
     
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    But it is considered an instant film, isn't it? Again, check out what I've read at the Polaroid site:

    Mind you, I haven't tried any of this, but was kind of using this table as a starting point.
     
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    That's absolutely right Terri.

    One thing about the mechanism of the P/N film is the draw-return of the print to the neg: I think this causes scratching of the emulsion before I even get to harden it. As I don't tend to go for the print, I'd rather save the negative.

    I'm starting to think that dumping the print, and just developing the negative by unloading it into a wet tray in the dark would save it from scratches and give more conventional development in say, rodinal or ID11. It's probably a very expensive way to get a negative, but what a negative!
     
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    Exactly. :D I'm looking forward to playing with this stuff.
     

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