I have been without SX-70 film for a couple of weeks since the Keweenaw trip and three packs finally arrived yesterday. I wished that I had it at Lost Creek Falls as there were some places custom made for it on the walk in. Looks like another company besides Impossible is venturing into instant film and trying to raise capital for their project on Kickstarter. They want to make what they are calling New type 55 for 4x5 which will be a color peel-apart film, with both a positive (print) and negative. They are already making black and white. I wrote and asked if this new film would be usable for image transfers on watercolor paper like Polaroid Type 59 was. The CEO wrote back and said they were not sure at this point. Good to see a resurgence of interest in instant films and a resulting research and development effort by smaller independents. The Impossible Project proved to the world that there remains a great interest in instant film and alternaive analog photography. I purchased another product that started off as a Kickstarter funding request last month. It is a very small, plastic development tank for four sheets of 4x5 film. Inexpensive and works great, keeping me from having to use tray development.
Just finished developing two sheets of Ilford FP4 5x7 shot at Lost Creek Falls on Sunday. Tomorrow I will develop the two sheets of HP5. The development tube holds two sheets at a time, one on each end. Using the FP4 with its slower ASA of 125 (I shoot it at 80) allows for longer exposures in the seconds at F32 and smaller aperatures, creating the same creamy water effect I get with a neutral density filter on the Canon 5D Mark II. Generally for large format, I prefer HP5 for the way it stains so well in PMK Pyro and holds the highlights under control.
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