October 24, 2010

Time for meeting the new Polaroid skin ;-)

Dear o dear......that was  a lot of work hehe.
Finally I finished adding the new skin on my white sx 70.

First of all I ordered my sx 70 in the US and ofcourse I had to pay 10 euro customs again. I hate Belgium sometimes! the customs do depend on the traveling costs too. So that can't be more than 25$ all in total. That means with the worth of your item included!
But luckely we managed to fool around with the price on the package :-)
I don't know how long that will work in the future.

The skin was really crumbling and i doubt if it was leather. anyway, I decided to go for a new skin, but how would I do that?
I sent an email to the Impossible project for asking if they were selling skins too, next to the new cameras they are making. But the answer was NO.
Ok, no good answer......perhaps they are affraid that we would all renew the old sx 70's and don't buy new ones anymore, cause that project has to earn money somehow since they restarted producing this year.

So I went to the carpetstore and searched for some vinyl (for the floor) of about 1mm thickness and found it for 5 euros. sometimes such stores do have remains which you can buy really cheap. so i found the perfect skin ;-)
then I went to the Brico for adhesive especially for creative actions and now I could start the transformation.
It was really difficult removing the old skin and I had to be careful not to damage the camera, after an hour or so I finally removed it with the help of a spatula, my goodness!
It's important to remove all rests of old glue before adding a new skin. So I used aceton with gloves.

Then I saw on the SDZN website a sx 70 template of the real size of the skin that I need, cause otherwise it's really difficult for measuring. I just printed and cutted it out and then marked it again on the vinyl. that went easy.
Now I had to cut the vinyl inside the lines, cause otherwise the pattern will be too large, so i did. The glue I have was really easy to work with, it's a sort of Gel which does not stick and goes smoothly.
And then there it was.........it started to look good hehe. I wanted to give the skin a personal touch by drawing some personal things on it, I just used a pen for that in different colors. and voila >> finished!
I'm so proud now with the new skin..........let's hope the camera works now heheheee :p
First testshots soon.

Now you can see a compilation of before and after, I hope you like the new skin as much as I do. I so love my white Polaroid!!


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October 19, 2010

Polaroid 636 Close up and IMP Films


Having fun with polaroid


Since a couple of weeks I own a polaroid 636 Close up and I must say that it really works well, even with the Impossible project films + it has it's own flash build in and that's interesting for indoor shots ;-)
The flash works with every shot, so no way to turn that off.
First i used the PX 70 color shade film which i find very nice and has some blue tone which is very interesting for experiments. But this camera is not perfect for that film and is normally for the sx 70 serie. Luckely the Pola 636 has a lighten/darken slider, so you can adjust lightness with this sensible film.

In the beginning it's a bit of searching, while the IMP films are really sensitive, especially the PX 70 Color shade. 5 out of 10 shots didn't work and it's soooooo sensitive to light. especially with my other Pola camera >> the 600 Extreme which has nog lighten/darken slider. It's not like the films 30 years ago that could be held into the light and then swapp a bit with it. pitty, cause that was fun to do and to see the photo coming alive.

The PX600 Silver shade on the other hand is wonderful to work with and has this nice sepia tone that gives the photo a real old look and it works perfectly when you be careful with the first light, so it's important to protect the photo from light for the first 10 seconds when it comes out of the cam. otherwise your photo is ruined (for now that counts for all the films of IMP).
On the IMP (Impossible project) site I could read about making a black card for your polaroid to protect it for light. So I made such a card and it works!!!!
Check out the IMP website for more instructions on how to make such a card : http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/allabout/colorshade/

Here are the instructions for developing your shot >>

Impossibly Easy Steps to Optimized Results


  1. Choose the right film and put it into your camera
    - Polaroid SX-70 camera? - Choose PX 100 Silver Shade or use ND filter with PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid 600 camera model? - Choose PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid Image, 1200, or Spectra camera? - Choose PZ 600 Silver Shade
  2. For your first shots, we recommend to shoot at 17-24°C / 63-75°F as the Silver Shade film is very sensitive to temperature
  3. Set the camera's lighten/darken wheel to middle setting
  4. Hold camera stable, especially at low light levels
  5. Make the first magic shot
  6. Shield picture from light immediately (cover with your hand)
  7. Develop the picture upside down for 60 - 90 seconds
  8. Take a deep breath, turn the picture over and inhale your FIRST SILVER SHADE SHOT
  9. Let your images dry properly before storing them cool and protected from light to preserve their original state after exposure longest.
Have fun with your first results of good lightend photos now hehe.....
More will come soon, cause I bought more polaroid cams like : 2x sx70, one 600, 1200 si (spectra) and a 320 version which i will use with Fujifilm FP-100 >> but the last Pola is not alive it seems.
Results with the Pola 636 + PX 600 silver shade :





Next, Pola 636 + PX 70 color shade :














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