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    Polaroid confusion: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 72, 79

    Ok, I'm wondering about the look of these films, as Polaroid's site is very unhelpful, and their datasheets are about data, not the look.

    Can anyone give me a subjective rundown? (and with coaterless polaroids, does the coater stuff come with the film or does one have to order that separate?)

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    Re: Polaroid confusion: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 72, 79

    There are curves in the datasheet that allude to differences in "look". You might want to indicate what kind of look you are after; folks here might have an opinion of what will be the best bets for you to start with.

    Coaters come in the box with the film that requires coating.

    Edit: At one time Polaroid had two "overview" publications - one on color film, the other on B&W film - that provided datasheets and examples. You might want to call 1-800-Polaroid and ask if they are still available. Perhaps that will help you visualize the differences.
    Last edited by BrianShaw; 2-Jul-2007 at 10:31. Reason: additonal thought

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    Re: Polaroid confusion: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 72, 79

    Yeah, I can't really visualize the curves. I'm just thinking of either a) sample shots, or b) a statement like, "51 is like tri-x" or similar.

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    Re: Polaroid confusion: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 72, 79

    Wow, you guys are quiet! Well, I finally figured out where to find examples...flickr.com. Just type in "polaroid type 51" on their search box and viola!

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    Re: Polaroid confusion: 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 72, 79

    The 55 neg is said to be Panatomic-X and does look and act a lot like it.

    79 is popular for techniques like transfers and lifts, as well as general color proofing. It has a kind of muted, creamy palette.

    Those are the ones I've used the most.

    If you're an APUG subscriber, here's an 809 image (8x10" version of 79)--

    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...=500&ppuser=60

    and here's a 55--

    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...=500&ppuser=60

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