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So much better than the phoney Instagram filter you use to achieve the same result
on 27 April 2016
The Impossible Project have been working very hard to reproduce the original Polaroid formula, and they have come far since the original Kickstarter campaign. Film pack contains only 8 shots (original Polaroids were 10), claimed that this is due to restrictions in dimensions (not so sure about that myself). Quality is very good, almost as good as my original Polaroids from 20 years ago, but they still have some way to go in the chemical formulation - it takes approx 30-40 mins for a colour photo to fully develop, and not the 3-5 of my youth). Print must be shielded from light for the first minute or so upon ejection as the paper is still light sensitive at this stage, so quickly slip it into a pocket while it develops. Colour rendition is very good (although this can be affected by ambient temperatures (cold weather images come out bluer, warmer weather more yellow), and by adjusting the temperature during the "development time" you can create some interesting effects (inside or outside pocket of jacket will do this). All the fuzziness, haze, artefacts and colour rendition of old is still present, and I love it for this reason. I've bought over a dozen packs in the past few months and still learning and exploring my own photographic skill. And the best part, it won't be reproduced a millions times on a printer... it's a true moment in time, and every moment is unique (unless of course, you cut them open, clean the chemicals away, salvage the negative and reprint in a darkroom... which I am now experimenting with)!