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Thank God I have one...I also only have on roll of Polaroid film left!! I am sooo sad though cause pols are my favorite kinds of pictures...

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That's TERRIBLE news

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I don't get it? I love polaroids. I prefer them over digital pictures that can be retouched a zillion times before they're "perfect". This sucks! I'm sure some other company will take over and resume production, since there seems to still be a large demand. Boo .

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This is awful!! I have to stock up ASAP!

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why would people stock up, unless they're casting directors, model agents , anyone relevant to polas. imo.
Some people just like the style of photograph. I don't think you have to use it professionaly to want to continue to use it

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why would people stock up, unless they're casting directors, model agents , anyone relevant to polas. imo.
Because you can't do this with a digital camera:


^ My shot.

I have a half box of Polaroid 665 in my fridge, 3.25x4.25 instant negatives. That's around 7 times the size if a 35mm negative AND it's manipulatable in ways even 35mm can't be.

I'm lucky enough to have someone donate a box of Spectra film to my cause, which should be coming in the mail soon. The problem is not only digital taking over, but the availability of the chemicals used in the instant film process. If you've ever open a shot while it's still developing ( ) you'll know what I mean. I don't even like breathing the sh!t in, let alone getting it on my hands.

Polaroid has 3 factories now, one in Mexico, the Netherlands and somewhere else. Fuji may step up to take over the Mexico plant, as it's closer than the Netherlands and they both make the same type of pack film anyway. Unsaleable.com (shakes fist) may get their hands on the Neth. factory, as they already get SX-70 Blend and the other weird one-off formulas from them too.

Kodak just announced that all their film is now being made by other companies. So no new film development form them either. They killed off half their slide films and also the HIE film, which is THE BEST infrared film ever made. I've called countless shops trying to track a few last rolls and everyone is sold out already.

It's a damn shame what's happening, but things must be sacrificed in the name of progress I guess. I'll give you all a tip. DON'T FREEZE FILM! Just keep it in the fridge, it'll last about a couple years after said expiration date, black and white maybe a little longer.

What's really sad is I was working on an art book of manipulations with the pack films like 600, 779 and Spectra, with how-tos and other tips. Since Polaroid announced this, we've decided instead of a nice, indie printed coffee table book, we're just going to let it out online in PDF format so others can play with it while they have a chance to.

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Oooh...that pic is sooo cool. How did you do that?

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last year when there was rumors about polaroid being discontinued, i bought 10 years worth of film
im glad i did!

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fourboltmain - amazing picture! Sorry to hear about the art book, but I'm sure the coffee table book will turn out just as great .

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awesome pix, four. very creative. and very impressive.

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This just breaks my heart. I hope someone picks this up and continues, I don't care which brand, I just want to be able to still use my polaroid camera!!!

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No! I never had an experience with polaroid and it's going to end

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well i know what im getting for my birthday..!

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from where? everwhere seems to be sold out

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