First Flush: I’ve shot some PX100 in my new Polaroid 600 camera

Today is a very special day for various reasons: not only has my Polaroid 600 Extreme camera arrived (the one I bought for £2.50 off eBay). Also, both me and my wife are off together – it rarely happens these days. That alone was reason to celebrate.

But more importantly: The Impossible Project have today released their brand new PX600 Silver Shade Instant Film which is made for just these cameras! I put an order for 12 packs in immediately and can’t wait to give it a try.

In the meantime however, I pondered over the question “does the PX100 work in Polaroid 600 cameras” or rather “does an SX-70 film work in a Polaroid 600 camera” as discussed in my previous post.

I’m happy to say that YES IT DOES – with a minor modofication to the camera.

Let me show you the results and talk you through my experiences with this exciting new material.

The Polaroid 600 Extreme

Camera: £2.50 - Film: £20 for 8 exposures. Ouch!

As I said, £2.50 for my very first Polaroid camera was a bit of a bargain. It even came in its original box and looked brand new to me – even though the rollers inside gave reason to believe it’s seen some use in its time. According to the box it was built in February 1998 in the UK (Vale de Leven, Dumbarton in Scotland to be exact) under license by the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, MA (USA).

It’s much bigger than I remember my parents’ Polaroid and I can’t help but feel reminded of my Holga cameras: we’re dealing with a pretty ugly hunk of black plastic here, cheap plastic lens, ridiculous “close-up” slider and a lighter/darker feature which obscures the light meter with a piece of striped plastic (or doesn’t – depending on where you slide it).

I think the seller told me it was £29.99 when it came out so that’s pretty much the price of a Holga too. Great – I love it already, and it’ll feel right at home in my collection!

PX100 Silver Shade First Flush Edition

Trouble is that the Impossible film pack I’ve bought the other day is not made for this camera, but for Polaroid SX-70 models. From what I’ve learnt however the only difference is the film speed: PX100 has 100 ISO and my camera is expecting a 640 ISO film.

Light Meter gets ND2 shades

Easy solution: tape a piece of ND filter over the light meter and be done with it. I’ve used one that darkens incoming light by 2 stops. That should do the trick.

All that’s left is to pop the film in and see if it fits. Listen carefully:

YES IT DOES!

The limited edition darkslide pops out just as expected, so the camera works too. That’s another load off my mind. Just one more thing perhaps: I’m shooting on First Flush batch no. 43 here 😉

Next thing to do of course is hand the camera over to my wife and have her take a picture of me (see below).

Let’s see some pictures

Be my guest! I only had one single pack of PX100 because I didn’t know if anything would come out, so 8 exposures were all we had to test this puppy. On a fairly sunny day with spots of overcast-ness (if that is a word) we took a stroll in the afternoon through the hood and here’s what we shot:

Julia took this first shot of me proudly holding my first ever Limited Edition Darkslide. Shot with flash in front of a sunny window.

My first shot, flash fired, close-up lens used. It's indoors without artificial lights. I think some Flash wet wipe cleaner was still on the rollers hence the smudge on the left. Dark parts of the picture have turned orange, which didn't come out in the scan. Interesting!

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66 thoughts on “First Flush: I’ve shot some PX100 in my new Polaroid 600 camera

  1. Hi, I have a Polaroid land camera, and couple of months ago I bought some PX70 films from the Impossible project. Yesterday I bought another polaroid camera, One600 and I was thinking, should the films that I have work with the new camera? I took one shot and it didn’t quite work, but do should it?

    Regards from Iceland.

  2. Hi
    I have a Polaroid One600 camera and loads of Polaroid Fade2Black film.
    I want to use this film, not sell it as it cost loads. Please can you tell me how
    Thanks

    1. Hi Lewis,

      as far as I know the Fate2Black is a Polaroid 100 film. That’s a peel-apart format and won’t fit into your One 600 camera I’m afraid. The 600 series – all all other Polaroids that eject an image – use what’s known as Integral Film Packs which don’t peel apart.

      The 100 peel-apart format is still around though, you can get a back for your Holga for example. But it won’t work in any 600 camera. Sorry 🙁

    1. I’ve never seen Fade2black for SX 70 before – sounds very cool.

      Technically the cartridge should fit into your 600 camera then, all you need to do to correct the exposure is put a 2 stop ND filter over your light meter. SX 70 film is 100 ISO so it needs more light. Your 600 camera wants to expose the film at 600 ISO, that’s two and a half stops less light.

      Have fun, and post a link to the results please!

  3. Hi Jay,

    Great article! I was thinking of buying some of this film for my polaroid because I’m in China and it’s a little cheaper out here. I have a polaroid one step 600. Where can you buy neutral density paper? Looking online I can only see the proper camera filters, not the tape/paper. Thanks!

    Jess

    1. Hi Jessica,

      you can get ND Gels in professional photographic shops. They’re usually sold in large sheets to they can cover up big lights. But since you only need less than a square inch, see if you can get a flter swatch from them (that’s a small sample of all gels a manufacturer does – Lee Filters is one here in the UK). You can just cut a bit out of that. You could probably ask the manufacturer if there are stockists of their products (and swatches) near you.

      Alternatively, a Quality Street wrapper may suffice since you’re only covering up the photo cell of the camera those creases won’t matter. However you won’t achieve accurate results – but it’ll be fin trying which colour will be closest to one stop of light (purple may be too dark, yellow may be too light).

      Have fun 😉

  4. Hi Jay,
    I found a great deal on SX-70 film on ebay and I am glad to see it will work with my 600 one step camera. I was wondering what Nd filter is and where I can get it and how much it will cost. It looks just like a piece of scotch tape in the picture but I guess thats not what it is.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Caitlin,

      the Scotch Tape is indeed just there to hold the ND filter in place. ND stands for Neutral Density, it’s a thin sheet of grey plastic that has the same effect as a pair of sunglasses. You’re dimming the lights if that makes sense. By using it on a Polaroid 600 camera’s electric eye, you fool it into thinking that your scene is darker than it is so it has to expose it more. We do this because the SX-70 film needs more light.

      You can’t really buy small ND filters, but a Quality Street wrapper or any type of tinted transparent plastic sheet will to. A piece of unexposed (but developed) black and white negative will probably do the trick. Good luck 😉

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