Polaroid Instant Film

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Welcome to our polaroid instant film website. We hope to provide you with an informative experience and give you some tips on where you can locate and buy polaroid film.  Instant film is a photographic type of film that was originally designed to be used with instant cameras and sometimes with professional film cameras depending on whether they have the correct accessories or not.The chemicals needed ot develop the pictures are stored inside the film itelf, and the camera starts the exposing and developing process as soon as the picture has been taken.

Polaroid instant film is available in several different sizes from 24 mm x 36 mm up to 20″ x 24″ size. The most popular consumer film size is 3¼” x 4¼” (there is a small border around the image). Instant film was distributed on rolls in the early days, but now is generally distributed in film packs of 8–10 exposures that allows for each picture to be taken out of the camera as it has been exposed. An electrical batter is often placed into integral film pacs to operate the focusing and exposure mechanisms as well as eject the film from the camera. This ensures that with each fresh pack of film, there is a new battery to be used.

There are 4 types of polaroid instant film:

Pack film: was developed outside the camera. The film contained the elements needed to be developed.  It was originally released in 1963 and is still in production.

Roll film: came in two rolls, positive and negative and was exposed inside the camera. It began production in 1948 and ran until 1992.

Integral film: This film is also distributed in a film pack, but the chemical layers to expose, develop, and fix the photo are included in each film envelope.  This was introduced in 1972 and is still produced today.

Polavision: This was introduced by Polaroid in 1972, and is similar to 8mm tape with an additive color process. A certain type of camera and table-top viewer were required to watch Polavision, and it was viewed as a commercial failure. It did, however, lead to the instand 35mm camera. It has since been taken off the market.

The end of production

Polaroid announced it would end production of polaroid instant film in February 2008; three of the company’s factories would close and 450 employees would be laid off.  However, Polaroid film can still be found in some stores and on the internet. May enthusiests stock up on the film packs when they are able to.