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POLAROID 35mm auto film processor

George McGehrin , Oct 21, 1999; 10:35 p.m.

Could anyone tell me about the POLAROID 35mm Auto Film Processor and in general if these processors are worth it for someone who spends all of his money on slide development? All I know is that I would be able to make my own slides but that's as far as I've learned so far. Any help would be great. Thanks. George geospain@hotmail.com


John Lehman , Oct 21, 1999; 11:06 p.m.

It uses special Polaroid instant slide film. I used to use alot of it when I still did 35mm slides for professional presentations; the blue high-contrast and black and white especially allowed one to do last minute changes for things like corporate retreat presentations off in the boonies. I could, for example, redo Tuesday's presentation based on discussions from Monday, even if the nearest professional lab was miles away.

For general use, the quality of the color slides is so-so, and I believe it uses additive color; at any rate, the slides look glaringly out of place when intermixed with E6 slides. My processor has sat in a box unused since computer-based presentation software became available. Of course, the film may have changed in the meanwhile.

Ellis Vener , Oct 21, 1999; 11:24 p.m.

The special proprietary color slide film itself is interesting, very grainy but rich color, before getting an NPC Polaroid back for one of my Nikons I used it as a proofing film on location and occaisionally I still use it for that purpose. Fashion photographers went through a burst of using a couple of years ago, but then they moved on to rediscover cross-processing negative film in E-6 chemistry and then on to using ring-lights. The surface of the film is very, no make that extremely, delicate and easy to scratch. Bottom line: I like it and think it is worth experimenting with.

William Baguhn , Oct 22, 1999; 03:49 p.m.

They are a lot of fun, but since it requires special Polaroid instant 35mm slide film, it's probably not worth it. 36 exposure rolls of Polachrome (color slide flim, iso 40 I believe) tend to go for about $23 in the local shops.

Given that you can get Fujichrome & processing for about half that...

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