Pack Film Types

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Polaroid has made various pack film types over the years. Even though some of the pack film cameras had settings for 75, 150, 300, and 3000 ASA film, Polaroid only produced 75 (and 80) and 3000 speed film for these cameras. Because the picture resulting from pack film is just like a normal print (as opposed to an integral print, such as SX-70 film) and can be cropped or laminated, other types of film (also listed below) were produced with different speeds for studio and scientific work. Though these film types weren't designed for the pack film cameras in this collection, they would probably work with the correct exposure compensation. All films listed here are in a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" pack format with an image area of 2 7/8" x 3 3/4". Earlier film packs had 8 exposures per pack but all new packs have 10 exposures. Here's a chart listing the different films. Notice how they skipped over the number "666"? Polaroid is ceasing production of all its film in 2009.

The following table only shows pack films which Polaroid has produced:

NameTypeASA Speeddevelopment
084B&W300015 sec.for CRT recording
IDcolour8060 sec.superimposed UV security feature
100colour10090 sec.customizable UV security logo
107B&W300015 sec.needing coating
107CB&W300030 sec.coaterless
108colour7560 sec.balanced for daylight or flash bulbs
Studiocolour12590 sec.medium contrast, accurate colours
64Tcolour6490 sec.balanced for tungsten light (3200ºK)
611B&WN/A45 sec.low contrast with extended range, for video recording
612B&W22,000(!)30 sec.high contrast for CRT applications
664B&W10030 sec.fine grain, medium contrast
665B&W300030 sec.produces a usable negative
667B&W300030 sec.available in 20 packs!
668colour8060 sec.balanced for daylight or electronic flash
669colour8060 sec.medium contrast with extended range
690colour12590 sec. more latitude in development time/temperatures
691colour804 min.transparency for overhead projection
672B&W40045 sec.medium contrast, fine grain
679colour10090 sec.lower contrast than type 100
689colour10090 sec."pro vivid" film—higher colour saturation

Purchasing film

Polaroid discontinued production of all film in 2009. Fujifilm, which continued making 100 series pack film until 2016, has also discontinued production of all their instant film. The impossible project has filled in the gap by producing SX-70, 600, spectra, and 8x10 (!) film in both colour and black and white. Their 600 film is also available with various border colors and decorations. Although the impossible project has made film available, care must be taken to ensure the film is between 13 and 28 degrees celciusm when taking the photo. The film also has to be shielded from direct light when ejected from the camera for around 10 seconds, or the image will be washed out. Currently, black and white film takes around 10 minutes to fully develop. Colour film takes around 40 minutes.

Outdated film

Sometimes you can buy outdated film at a discount, especially in camera stores, or on Ebay. Is it worth it? It really depends on what you want to use the film for. If you are using it for transfers or emulsion transfers, buying film that is less than 1 year past the expiry date seems to be OK, though sometimes the colours will shift in colour film, and contrast may decrease in both colour and black and white film.

One of the biggest problems with film that is out of date for more than 2 years is that the chemicals used for developing dry up. This happens slowly, so if you are using 2 or more year outdated film, you may notice that when you peel apart the film after developing, the chemicals didn't spread over the whole print. On very outdated film (5-10 years), the chemicals may be totally dried up so that the print falls away from the negative right after pulling it from the camera. Another problem with outdated integral film (SX-70, 600, 500, and Spectra film packs) is that the battery will not have enough power to run the camera or even eject the film. I had this happen to a 500 film pack I was saving for my Captiva camera.

When you use outdated film, you may need to experiment with exposure compensation and development times. Outdated film may need a slight increase in exposure and longer development times.

Storing film

The best place to store film is in a cool dark place. A fridge is ideal, as long as it doesn't have a reputation for freezing your veggies! Before using, you will need to warm it up at room temperature for a few hours.

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