View Full Version : Polaroid LF- Good Deal OR Garbage?

8-Dec-2001, 03:16
Howdy friends, I ran into a shop today that had some out of date LF polaroid sheet film and i p icked up nine boxes of 20 count of the following for $7.50 usd each; is it junk being out of date or a great deal?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These are both out of date and i wanted to know if i can use these for practicin g my LF techniques or lack thereof....

any experience with outdated polaroid?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 p ack film. Thanks for the attention! miles

Paul Schilliger
8-Dec-2001, 05:09
Miles, in my experience, color Polaroids 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.

John O'Connell
8-Dec-2001, 12:19
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.

andrea milano
8-Dec-2001, 13:38
out of date B&W works fine, sometimes pods dry out and sides might be unevenly developed, other than that it is good even many years after they have expired.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!

8-Dec-2001, 19:04
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