I LOVE Impossible Project’s PX 100 UV+ Pioneer Edition film. As of late, I’m consistently getting awesome black and white prints.
Here’s what’s been working for me:
- Polaroid SX-70 folding camera
- Exposure wheel neutral
- Shield and develop in pocket or face down
- Temp between 70 & 88F
- Film stored at room temp prior to shooting
But then I bought so much I couldn’t store it all in the crisper, so I just left it in a box in my bedroom. (House temp is usually between 60 & 75 F.) Now when I shoot, I’m getting mostly consistent prints with little mottling. If there’s any, it’s usually just along the bottom edge.
What changed? Obviously the way I was storing the film. But the weather has changed too. It’s warmed up, (though much more slowly and gradually than other parts of the country) so ambient temp. might have something to do with it. Also, I got a Impossible shield for my SX-70. Probably helps shield better than just my hand during those crucial first moments. Also, I might have been screwing with the exposure wheel too much before. I just leave it at neutral now and it’s working wonderfully.
There main downside is the color shifting. The print starts out black and white, then shifts to sepia within a day. I scan within hours of shooting to capture the black and white as soon as possible, but the physical print doesn’t look as awesome. I suppose I could try a dry age kit, but I haven’t yet. (I’m rather lazy.)
Anyway, just wanted to share. There are still 91 packs of this test film available at $13 bucks a pack. Maybe only to pioneers though, so if the link doesn’t work for you, don’t blame me. :-)
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