New55 Instant film

Nick Rowland

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Hi,

Has anyone tried the New55 PN400 instant film? I have just risked buying a pack and would like to know if there are any tips before I launch into my first image.

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Nick
 

Alan9940

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I've used the 100 stuff, but IMO the overall quality was lacking. It could be that I shot so much Polaroid Type 55 "back in the day" that I was just expecting the New55 product to work as well; or, better since you get both a usable negative and positive. Alas, that wasn't the case. I got a few acceptable images, but most suffered from chemical spread issues or mottling. And, perhaps it was the earlier pods used, but after a couple of boxes (only 10 shots) the rollers and area around the rollers was quite messy with goo.

Please report back your experience and post some images.
 

Nick Rowland

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Please report back your experience and post some images.
Ok Alan, I was hoping it was close to the old Polaroid product. I'll let you know how it goes. I have a feeling there will be a choice between a decent paper image or a decent negative. I only have one box of 5 so it won't be an exhaustive test. The cost is too high for regular use, £77 for the pack and shipping + £21 VAT is a tad rich :)
 

Alan9940

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The cost is too high for regular use, £77 for the pack and shipping + £21 VAT is a tad rich :)
Yep, the cost was another reason I stopped using it. At the time, I was still buying perfectly good Polaroid Type 55 for quite a bit less per shot. I just cracked open my last box recently and now have only 3 sheets left.
 

Nick Rowland

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Polaroid Type 55 still pops up but I think it is now a bit too risky buying it, probably dried up or stored badly. This purchase is just pure curiosity, apparently the PN400 uses TMax for the negs. If the cost comes down a lot I may use it more often but that won't happen unless it gets economies of scale, I suspect that is unlikely.
 

Alan9940

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Polaroid Type 55 still pops up but I think it is now a bit too risky buying it, probably dried up or stored badly. This purchase is just pure curiosity, apparently the PN400 uses TMax for the negs. If the cost comes down a lot I may use it more often but that won't happen unless it gets economies of scale, I suspect that is unlikely.
Not that you'd be able to find any nowadays, but late 2008 (and I'm talking Nov/Dec) and anything in 2009 is generally still very usable for Polaroid Type 55. I had several boxes in this range of dates and most images were perfectly fine; occasionally, I'd have a missing corner. But, that's an academic discussion in 2020. Even if you could find some Type 55 in this date range, it would be dreadfully expensive!

New55 has been $75US per 5-sheet box ever since it was introduced. Given the fact that they're piecing this material together from pods and, I believe, paper supplied by the 20x24 (I think) folks, I doubt we'll ever see reduced pricing. IMO, what we'll probably see is this material disappear from the market...which is a real shame.
 

Nick Rowland

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New55 has been $75US per 5-sheet box ever since it was introduced. Given the fact that they're piecing this material together from pods and, I believe, paper supplied by the 20x24 (I think) folks, I doubt we'll ever see reduced pricing. IMO, what we'll probably see is this material disappear from the market...which is a real shame.
I think you are probably right, it disappeared in 2018 (I think) and has been resurrected only recently. I haven't seen much evidence of folk using it, so possibly a short-lived reappearance.
 
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