10 Things you should know about 8×10 Polaroid film.

  1. Our 8×10 film is integral film

    Our 8×10 film is different from the original Polaroid 8×10 film. It is an integral film, meaning that in normal use the positive and negative stay together and are not peeled apart. This integral film will work with any 8×10 camera equipped to accept a Polaroid film holder. Additionally you will need a Polaroid 8×10 processor. We recommend using an electrically powered processor for more consistent results. If you use the hand crank function of the processor, turn the handle quickly and smoothly.

  2. Keep negative and positive batches together

    Negative and positive frame batches can vary from batch to batch. Each box of film contains a positive and a negative which are a photographic match. The photographic batch number is visible on the negative frame on the black tab. On the positive the photographic batch number is visible on silver mask near the trap.The batch number consists of one letter and 3 digits. For example C001 would mean photographic batch 001 of colour film and similarly B001 would mean photographic batch 001 of B&W film. The batch number of a positive and negative that are processed together should be identical.

  3. Refrigerate your film until use

    We recommend refrigerating the film until use, but do not freeze. Before use allow the film to adjust to room temperature for at least one hour. The film works best at temperatures around room temperature. When shooting at deviating temperatures, try to process your images at a temperature close to room temperature. Use the film within 12 months of the production date. See stamp on the film carton sticker. Learn more on how to store Polaroid Originals film in this article.

     

  4. Intended for ASA 640, though this may vary

    The film is intended for ASA640. Film sensitivity may vary. Allow +/- 1/3 stop. Suitable for daylight or Xenon flash exposure. Colour and ASA can vary in response to temperature and different ambient light sources. In direct sunlight do not pull off the protective envelope until you are about to shoot.

     

  5. Bear in mind images are mirrored

    In most cases the images obtained with this film will be the mirror image of the original. For example the text will be reversed. If readable text is important to your image, we recommend trying to shoot via a mirror or using an image transparency or image lifting technique to revert the image to its original orientation.

     

  6. Caution: avoid contact with the film paste

    Some developing paste may seep from the edges of the photo. This paste is a caustic substance! Avoid contact with skin, eyes or mouth. If you get paste on your skin, eyes or mouth, wipe if off immediately, flush with fresh water to avoid an alkali burn and consult a doctor. Avoid contact with the paste by holding the photo by the black tab and refraining from touching the edges. The paste can also be wiped off with a moist tissue. Keep discarded materials and paste away from children, animals, clothing and furniture.

  7. Development

    We recommend letting your photo develop in the processor for approximately 5 minutes. Photos will appear as a light blue initially and will remain so during most of the development time. This is normal. B&W images will take 5-10 minutes to develop. Color images will take between 30-40 minutes to develop. Handle with care during development. Do not shake or bend the photo.

  8. Dry your photos thoroughly

    A newly processed 8×10 photo consists of a layer of wet developing

    paste sandwiched between a negative and a transparent sheet. In this configuration 8×10 photos can take between 3 to 4 weeks to dry completely.

    General recommendations:

    • Do not stack the photos when they are still fresh and wet.
    • Maintain sufficient airspace around the images when drying
    • Dry down prints in a cool, moderate to low humidity environment

     

  9. Keep the processor’s rollers clean

    Check and clean your processor‘s rollers between prints. Any dirt or residue left on the rollers may cause an imprint on the image.

  10. Technical specifcations

    • Film speed: ASA 640 +/- 1/3 stop.
    • Exposures: 10 exposures per box.
    • Development time: B&W film images will take 5-10 minutes to develop. Color film images will take between 30-40 minutes to develop.
    • Dimensions: Format 8“x10“. Image area 7.5“ x 9.35“ (19 x 24 cm).
    • Finish: Glossy.
    • Compatible hardware: 8×10 Polaroid processor and any camera .equipped to accept an 8×10 Polaroid film holder.
    • Additional equipment needed: Polaroid 8×10 Processor and film holder.
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