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Differences between Polaroid Type 88 & 100 Film

A. Hamilton , Sep 02, 2000; 05:57 p.m.

Hello, I recently purchased a used Hasselblad Polaroid back off eBay that I was told uses type 88 film. I bought this back to go with a used EL/M body that I also recently purchased. I am just starting out with MF and eventually would like to do studio work (shooting mostly black and white film) using the Polaroid film to test my exposure. Since I don't know much about Polaroid film, I visited the Polaroid website and checked the film data sheets which lists this film as T- 88 Polacolor. Now I'm wondering if I made a mistake and should've purchased a back that uses type 100 film (Polapan Pro 100 T-664), which says it's used for professional photography proofing. So, now I'm left with a couple of questions: Did I make a mistake by buying a back that uses type 88 film, or can I still use this back/film for my needs/use with the EL/M? What are the differences between 88 and 100 film? I've checked the threads and have gotten some information, but not enough to answer my question. Thanks in advance.


robert c harvey , Sep 04, 2000; 09:26 a.m.

A, I could be mistaken, but I don't think there's much type 88 film left available. The newer Hassie polaroid backs take 669, etc. Hopes this helps. Robert C. Harvey

Vassos Stylianou , Sep 04, 2000; 02:43 p.m.

I don't think that you made a mistake by buying the Polaroid type 80 back for the Hasselblad. Just to give a little bit of history, in the 70's Hasselblad was selling both 80 as well as 100 Polaroid backs. The image size needed was 6x6 cm. So the film type 88 for colour or 87 for black & white film was more than fine and there was no need to spend an extra 30% or more money for the type 100 films which simply had a lot more black around the 6x6 area. You see, the print size of the type 80 is 8.5cm x 8.5cm whereas the print size of the type 100 is 8.5cm x 11.5cm. The series 100 Polaroid films had one advantage: Type 105 - Type 108 - Type 107: a colour film, an ordinary black & white film and a second type of black & white film which gave a negative also. 669 type films have replaced the 100 type but there is also a replacement for the 88 type, a new film called Polaroid VIVA. It comes in gloss or satin finish and the quality is more than fine for tests, especially for a fraction of the price of the 669 type. The problem is finding Hasselblad Polaroid type 80 backs in mint condition. (These backs will not fit the 2000FC Hasselblad).

A. Hamilton , Sep 04, 2000; 07:23 p.m.

Thank you Robert and Vassos for your responses.

Vassos, after I read your message I had checked the Polaroid website and saw the T-87 film as well as the Viva that you had mentioned. That's good to know. I had thought that I was limited to only the T-88 (color) film with this back. Also, I was told by the person who sold me the back that it is in an 8+ condition. I got it for $82 off eBay...hope it was worth it. :-)

Ellyn Kozob , Jun 29, 2008; 11:42 p.m.

I am looking for Polaroid 88 film, very expired is acceptable. Would anyone know where I can find the film, or would be willing to sell it to me? I like in the Chicago area. Thanks! (ekozob2@gmail.com would be my e-mail)

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