New Impossible Project 600 Film Review

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One thing we love about the Impossible Project is their agility and hard work to constantly improve. For the last quarter of 2013 Impossible decided to reinvent their films once again. Something that excites us because that means new better films. Rebranding, reformulation, and completely new B&W film. This all means better products for us. It has never been a better time to shoot this film. Here is why.

This is from Impossible’s Press release on their new films.

Easier to handle, better colors, sharper, and faster – the new family of Impossible film for Polaroid cameras and new Impossible hardware is a step forward in the development of instant film. Thanks to an advanced formula, and constant adjustments during production, using Impossible film is now more fun than ever. A new package design and naming system helps you pick the right film for your Polaroid 600-type, SX-70-type, or Image/Spectra-type camera. And did we mention speed? The new Impossible film develops faster: up to 20% in some cases. And this is just the beginning, as we’re continuously optimizing production. The Impossible family of film is growing and improving steadily. Wouldn’t it be nice if all families did?

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Film Specs and Price

  • 8 exposures per pack
  • Type: Color instant film for Polaroid™ 600-type cameras
  • Format: 3.5 x 4.2 in (8.8 x 10.7 cm)
  • Image area: 3.1 x 3.1 in (7.9 x 7.9 cm)
  • Finish: Glossy

Development: 30 minutes approximately at 70°F (21°C)

|                                                         |   Cost       Savings

1 Pack                                                | $23.49

3 Pack                                                | $66.99       $3.48

600 Special Edition Bundle       |  $70.47      $14.47

Family of 600 Bundle                   | $117.45     $23.49

SALE!

Mentioned above is Impossible’s Annual Chrsitmas Sale Bundles. Lasting for 14 days you can get the following deals. The 600 Special Edition Bundle is a 3 pack of their new special edition frames, Gold, Silver and Color Frame. The Family of 600 Film Bundle is a 6 pack of 2 classic white frame, Gold, Silver, Color Frame, and 1 pack of their new B&W film. Great savings on rad new films!

Review

I am really loving these new updated films. I will say I haven’t had the most perfect experience shooting these new films. BUT those hiccups where totally a camera problem. I am also really enjoying the new Special Edition frames! I have always been a fan of their Special Edition frames, and their latest batch is amazing! First, let me tell you about the new film.

To begin with, their new films are closer to a perfect white balance. Less yellow and orange then previous films. Whites have a creamy color but closer to white. This film has been much more predictable to me as I’ve shot it. I have noticed that shot after shot I can start to expect good colors and a nice contrasty image. Colors are more saturated, and the images are sharper. I have shot it in different temperatures and the photos develop great in various temps. Of course, any temperature to extreme will not be good and we still recommended 70 degrees. Some of the film we shot was used in Mexico, in very hot, humid weather. Thus results were somewhat overexposed at first and pretty orange. Darkening all the way and keeping the polaroid cool and away from direct sunlight was a way to combat this. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is much colder. For those shooting out in the cold be very careful; Don’t only warm the film while developing, but keep your camera warm as well, putting in a place like inside your coat. The key is keeping the film inside the camera and chemicals warm as well.

Speaking of chemicals. Developing times have improved by 20%. That is an improvement of 6 minutes, so depending on your temperature, you can expect 24-30 minute developing times. That is a good step up from previous versions at 30-40 minutes. In the future Impossible has promised even better developing times. That is really exciting, something we want and Impossible is striving for. I really enjoyed reading this post on their blog interviewing the film production team. Check it out here, and read about what we can expect in the future.

My last favorite part of these new films are the Special Edition Films! Gold, Silver, and Colored Frames. I have my first pack of Color Frame above. A gorgeous spectrum, of perfectly picked colors are featured in this edition. It is awesome that they brought these back, especially since we missed the Nigo edition that Impossible released in their early days. The colors add not only a splash of color, but are lots of fun. They are complimenting colors to the color pallette of the film. The film is so saturated and the frames are just the right amount too. I cannot wait to see more images from you guys using these new frames. A side note to the funny looking spectrum above. My SX70 was acting up and is now working fine. I haven’t lost these many images in a long time but one cannot give up! Overall this new film is quite the improvement! Everyone will have a good time shooting this film and can expect great results. We cannot wait to see more images from you guy shooting this film! Let us know what you think of these new films in the comments below!

 

 

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Comments

  1. The film seems to be sharper and the shades of color are amazing…

    • It really is!The tones are definitely better! Can’t wait for you to try it.

      • Francisco, are your using the 600 films in your SX-70? I believe there’s a modification for that (I’m pretty sure I’ve read that) The film for the SX-70 still keeps me guessing – although having shot a few frames I’m almost certain I have to turn the exposure wheel mostly to “dark” since in open shade I’ve had some pretty overexposed results. I tried these new film with my sun600 and came out pretty good although I have to remember the flash is firing. Just wondering if I should try the 600 film with my SX-70 and if that would help. Great review, thank you!

        • Yeah! I do use the 600 film in my sx-70 not 680. All you need is an ND filter accessory that goes right on top of the film pack. Here is the link. 2 Filters for $3 will last you a good while. I like to shoot my SX-70 usually at 1 notch darkened when it isn’t direct light. Direct light I dark all the way.

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