Polaroid LF- good deal OR garbage?

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Howdy friends, I ran into a shop today that had some out of date LF polaroid sheet film and i picked up nine boxes of 20 count of the following for $7.50 usd each; is it junk being out of date or a great deal?

polapan 52 iso 400 4x5 20 count dated april 2000. polapan53 iso 800 4x5 20 count dated february 2001.

These are both out of date and i wanted to know if i can use these for practicing my LF techniques or lack thereof....

any experience with outdated polaroid? They also had some of the iso 3000 but i didn't fool with those or the smaller pack film. Thanks for the attention! miles

-- miles feigenbaum (mfa1@ix.netcom.com), December 08, 2001


Miles, in my experience, color Polaro´ds do take quite a bit of "character" when they get old ;-), especially if they are not stored cold. You might find that the colors have faded and shifted towards pink.

-- Paul Schilliger (pschilliger@smile.ch), December 08, 2001.

The B&W Polaroid stuff works OK when expired. I only buy it short- dated or expired, and after a test or two for speed I can just go with it.

On very old stuff (more than a year expired at room temp) I've gotten some fog, but it's fine for practice.

-- John O'Connell (boywonderiloveyou@hotmail.com), December 08, 2001.

out of date B&W works fine, sometimes pods dry out and sides might be unevenly developed, other than that it is good even many years after they have expired. good shooting!

-- andrea milano (milandro@wanadoo.nl), December 08, 2001.

Thanks for the response! I brought some of this stuff with me today and will try to see what happens....

They also had a box of some 8 by 10 stuff, when i get back, i'll check to see what it is and the date on the box and post the info, it might make some good practice stuff for just a few dollars. miles

-- miles feigenbaum (mfa1@ix.netcom.com), December 08, 2001.

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