Re: pinhole negatives without electricity?
Many thanks to Chris and others for amplifications, additions, and
further explications today...
The friend I've been forwarding these thoughts to called this morning with
thanks: We agreed that the input of different ideas from many directions
has been SO much better than solo contemplation -- however well informed.
And of course there are further comments tonight... Even if some of the
suggestions probably won't fit the situation (I love Chris's idea of
giving each student some sodium sulfite and letting them carry or find
their own water -- but this operation may involve rounding up particpants
directly in the field)... Again, the comment adds detail, and points up
what, not having quite done exactly this operation yet, may have been
On Fri, 19 Oct 2007, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
Good morning all,
I haven't followed the original question too closely so forgive me if I
diverge and have missed one qualifying part of it, or repeated another
Polaroid works wonderfully in a pinhole camera except one has to have a
Polaroid holder (about $150 new) and it does experience reciprocity failure.
However, you can see the print/neg instantly so you'd only waste one negative
probably before you figured it out. I have also shot Maco infrared film, as
did a student (he did 8x10) and it experiences HUGE reciprocity failure. The
nice thing about 4x5 film is you can load all your holders in the darkroom
first and not worry about light tightness. But I think there was the desire
to "develop" in the field? I've shot 4x5 film and 4x10 film in pinholes and
unloaded them in a black bag in the field into a box that is light tight
(color paper box) and developed when I got home. That works great. No
leaks. With Polaroid Type 55 you can also not "process" the film when you
pull it out of the camera and wait to process it when arriving home by
reloading it in the holder and then pulling it through Process mode. That way
you don't have to carry sodium sulfite into the field, which is smelly and
sloshes and spills. But I did, when I taught P/N55 with the view camera to
my view camera class, give each student a couple tablespoons in a plastic
baggie to take in the field which they could then fill with water and put the
film in that to rinse--small amount of space and weight to carry.
I have the Santa Barbara pinhole 4x5 available on Eric Renner's website and
it works great with the Polaroid holder. I also have the pinhole/zoneplate
Tech one that is a real gem.
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Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 23:07:32 -0400 (EDT)
Possibly the expense?
Way cheaper than setting up something else... like dark tent,
doing any wet processing, etc., in the field.
Possibly you can't use them in a pinhole camera???
There are many people who use Type 55 with pinhole. Just
google and you'll find pages of reports.
I'm not sure what the problem is...
"I can't believe I'm here.
People always say that I'm a long way from normal."
(Bob Dylan, Normal, Illinois, 13 February 1999)