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Kodak discontinues ReadyLoads

Posted June 8, 2008 in Product News

Kodak says: Due to significantly declining sales volume, Kodak is preannouncing the discontinuance of READYLOAD Single-Sheet Packets for four films. The items listed below will be discontinued by year-end 2008. However, inventories may run out before then, depending on demand. Please note: This preannounced discontinuance applies to Readyload format only. Other cut sheet sizes, such [...]

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No Polaroid B&W pack film from Ilford

Posted April 30, 2008 in Product News

According to this post from Ilford/Harman on APUG, Ilford will not assume production of Polaroid’s discontinued black and white peel-apart/pack films: Dear All, I have been out for a few days and several of you have sent me PM’s re POLAROID : Please see below : April 18th, 2008, Mobberley, Cheshire UK and Minnetonka, MN, [...]

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Making sense of Jobo daylight film processing tanks

Posted April 17, 2008 in Kit/Equipment

The Jobo daylight film processing system seems confusing at first, and their web site is an unhelpful mess, but IMO it’s worth working through, because the stuff is good and does what it says it’s going to do well. Here’s what I have (all link to B&H): #2561 tank with magnet base, holds 2 x [...]

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How to use 120 film in a 616 camera

Posted March 23, 2008 in Camera Hacking & DIY

Check out this how-to on using 120 film in a 616 camera from Gayla Six-16 film is pretty near impossible to find and when you do the developing cost is high and probably not worth the expense. Here’s how I modified 120 film spools to fit inside a 616 camera. Keep in mind that 616 [...]

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Phase-out timetable for Polaroid films

Posted February 21, 2008 in Random

Here’s a table of projected availability of films from Polaroid. Given that people are stockpiling like crazy and that a lot of retailers won’t be re-stocking (e.g. Costco), I think this is probably very optimistic, but there it is. It also lists the latest expiration dates you’ll find for each type.

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Video tutorials: loading 120 film on metal and plastic reels

Posted February 21, 2008 in Camera Hacking & DIY

Check out these how-to videos by Luke Healey on loading 120 film onto reels for at-home DIY film processing.   Loading metal reels:   Loading Paterson plastic reels:

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We are fucked: Polaroid stops making film, for real

Posted February 8, 2008 in Product News

It looks like the sky really as fallen: Polaroid are getting out of the film business. This article on Boston.com says: The Norwood and Waltham plants make large-format films used by professional photographers and artists. Polaroid also makes professional-grade films in Mexico, and its consumer film packs come from a factory in the Netherlands. All [...]

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Podcast interview about Kodak’s new T-MAX 400 film

Posted November 19, 2007 in Extra Geeky + Interviews

Photo News Today‘s Dennis Hays says: After meeting both John Sexton and [Kodak's] Scott DiSabato at the 2007 Photoplus Expo in New York, I sit down with them and discuss the introduction of the new [see previous post] T-MAX-400 B&W film. John goes into some detail regarding the films ability and his impressions from use. [...]

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Kodak discontinue HIE infrared, Ektachrome 64 & 100 films

Posted November 6, 2007 in Product News

Kodak’s film discontinuance notice says: KODAK is preannouncing the discontinuance of several smaller running families of Professional film – EPR, EPN and High Speed Infrared (HIE) effective end of December 2007. Demand for these products has been declining significantly in recent years, and it is no longer practical to continue to manufacture given the low [...]

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DIY Polaroid peel-apart film drying rack

Posted November 2, 2007 in Camera Hacking & DIY

Dealing with Polaroid peel-apart film in the field is a bit of a pain, because once you peel it, you need to think of something to do with the print, and protect it from dust, bugs, and dirt, whilst it dries. Some of them are pretty fast, but some, like 669, seem to take ages. [...]

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