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Thread: What is the difference between Type 54 and Type 55 Polaroid?

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    Tim Sandstrom
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    Re: What is the difference between Type 54 and Type 55 Polaroid?

    at least some people used type 54 for it's own sake, I know I did. I was learning and it was a quick way to get 4x5 images, made nice handheld images in the field. Great for pinhole! I've got hundreds around somewhere...

    Any type55 around will probably have a dry chemistry packet by now, still very good film, I wouldn't run it through the holder. I have a couple boxes still, and every once in awhile some yahoo will try to sell some on ebay for hundreds. I remember someone saying you can get reasonable results from *any* film with 6-8 mins in D76

    -Tim

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    Re: What is the difference between Type 54 and Type 55 Polaroid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie View Post
    55-54=1
    At least it is something.

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    Re: What is the difference between Type 54 and Type 55 Polaroid?

    I'll suggest that most 4x5 Polaroid was used for proofing; I know that's what I used it for. I admire artists (like Mark Klett) who shot T-55 in the field and made it work, but I never really tried that; regular film was so much cheaper. Almost all my Polaroid exposures were shot on the job or billed to a free-lance client. You'll note that in the description of T-54 they mention matching the tonal range of transparency film- which explains 54 in a nutshell.

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