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Re: Polaroid leaves instant film behind

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  • Subject: Re: Polaroid leaves instant film behind
  • From: etienne garbaux <photographeur@nerdshack.com>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 19:22:06 -0500
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Thom wrote:

Hopefully somebody will license the [Polaroid instant film] technology because I just got a 4x5 back for my 2D so I can use 55pn. Such is my lot in life coming late to the large format party....
Don't count on it. If Polaroid can't make a profit making the materials with fully-amortized equipment and selling them for the current obscene prices, there isn't any chance of someone else doing it even if Polaroid gives them the film plant for free. Dealers don't like Polaroid materials much, either -- they go bad about a nanosecond after the dealer receives the shipment, and you have to be careful not to store it too cold or it'll spoil. My two local (big city) pro shops end up trying to sell some 60-80% of their inventory as outdated closeouts, and throwing a fair amount away when even that doesn't sell. (This same short shelf life, even cold-stored, means there won't be any useful Polaroid film less than a year after the plant quits making it.)

Oh, well. End of another era.

Best regards,