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Recreating a sustainable supply of instant pack film holders for all 4X5 cameras! (for use with Polaroid/Fuji instant films)
Recreating a sustainable supply of instant pack film holders for all 4X5 cameras! (for use with Polaroid/Fuji instant films)
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Did anyone tell you you cant get instant films any more? Think instant film is gone? Think its too expensive to shoot instant film?

We have some great news for all those who always wanted to shoot instant, peel apart high quality films, but for any reason in the world never did.

STRETCH GOALS 

We are adding some cool extras and bonuses to all backers at all levels if we can make these next couple of milestones:

  • $5000 - We will add a custom instant pack film project sticker to all rewards! - UNLOCKED
  • $5500 - We will add a custom made template to help you mark your ground glass for all backers who chose a pack film holder - UNLOCKED
  • $6750 - We will add a custom box for your pack film holder for shipping and storage - UNLOCKED
  • $10000 - We will add a padded wrap with each holder, so you can protect your holder when you carry it in your bag! - LOCKED

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The holder - shoot anywhere, anytime:

The pack film holder back is designed to be used with any 4X5 camera, with or without a Universal/Graflok back. This means it can be used with any 4X5 camera in the world! From the most complex monorail system, to the simplest shoebox field camera (more info below).

Instant Pack film backs (and any other backs for that matter have not been in production for decades, and used ones are getting more and more expensive and harder and harder to find. We hope to change all that. This Campaign is not just about being able to make a product available but is about a quest to make instant film shooting a viable, sustainable reality for years to come. 

With the low cost material of film, and the availability of backs, we hope more people will shoot more film thus adding to the effort to make instant film production sustainable into the future. With this project we hope to be able to offer the pack film holder as a regular stock item for years to come.

The backs are built from reclaimed pack film holders of various applications fitted with a custom made 4X5 graflok plate fastened on to the holder with awesome torx screws and a hand cut gerolite darkslide.

Rollers are meticulously checked, and cleaned making the backs are ready for action.

Instant peel apart film - less then a buck a shot:

  • Less then a buck a shot for color (FP100c)
  • Less then two bucks a shot for BW (FP100b, see update note below)

Instant peel apart film is currently being made, and readily available in most major photography outlets, and is dirt cheap. In fact, while most film products have increased in price hundreds if not thousands of percent over the years, instant film has somehow remained at almost the same price point for the last 5 years and is now available at less then 1$ per shot, for brilliant, color correct, vivid, sharp and contrasty images from Fuji (FP100c). 

There is LOTS of BW material around (it was made up until last year), and lots of it is still fresh and will stay fresh for several years into the future. This includes FP100b regular speed and FP3000b high speed black and white film from Fuji. More then that, there are still lots and lots of older Polaroid made peel apart film around, most of which is expired but still works and offers some fun experimental material for those with a creative flare.

The possibilities are endless: shoot straight up and hand the instant print to your models and friends, make a lift transfer print, turn the previously unused and tossed away backing/negative portion into a working high quality negative (see here *** video/youtube), transfer the negative onto a sheet of paper, or any flat surface (a personal favorite of ours).

While the Impossible Project does not make any peel apart film at the moment, we believe that if the demand would be there, there is no doubt they will jump in and satisfy that demand. They have the machines and tools to do it and are always updating and improving the instant films they already make, which is at least a little bit of a bright light in the dim world of analog photography.

UPDATE - We just found that there is a LARGE stock of Fuji FP3000b BW material in the US for about 17$ per pack including shipping. It is all of the latest Fuji production with an expiery date of 06/2015. This material stays good for years, so if you want to - stock up and shoot instant BW in style at less then 2$ a shot. This stuff renders amazing images, and takes only 15 seconds to develop!

Colors? Yes!

Plate color: We can make the back plates in few different colors. So far we have tested White, Black, Red Blue and Purple. You can choose a special plate color if you want, just choose the appropriate reward.

Black and Purple
Black and Purple

Silver housing: We also have a limited number of super cool silver pack film holder housings, which you can choose. These are somewhat rare, and most definitely there were never 4X5 holders made with silver housings. Numbers are limited, and we will try to add more if demand is high.  

Silver housing and traditional housing
Silver housing and traditional housing

Will it fit my camera?

The instant pack film holder is designed to work with most, if not all 4X5 cameras in existence. The holder can be used on cameras with or without a "Universal/Graflok" back system. If your camera does not have a graflok back, the pack film holder will simply slide under the ground glass. If your camera does have a graflok back you will need to take the ground glass frame off and latch the holder on (each camera system works a little different when it comes to removing the ground glass).

Graflex - For the most part - the pack film holder will fit newer/later graflex camera, especially if it has a Graflok back. If your camera has a side mounted rangefinder, or it is an older non Graflok back model, you might want to google it and see if it will fit.

NOTE - Some monorail systems might limit you to vertical (portrait) shooting only due to clearance of the actual camera frame. Google your camera model to see if it will fit, or message us and we can try to check if we have a similar back in the shop.

TIP - You can custom mark your darkslide so you know exactly when to stop pulling so the tip of it stays inside the holder, making it easier to push it back in.

The possibilities are endless

Shooting instant film is really mostly about the uniqueness of the single instant print it offers, however - there is so much more you can do with it, the possibilities are endless.

Transfers and lifts: After shooting, you can actually remove the emulsion (and the actual image itself) off the backing of the positive print, and carefully transfer it onto any surface you can think of. You can also do all kinds of cool things, like pinch it, tare it, overlay it or anything you can think of. Just google polaroid lift and see some cool things people do or check out this cool video:

You can also transfer the negative onto a piece of paper (or glass, or wall or wood or anything smooth and clean). This will produce a low contrast mirror image, but is a cool hand out if you are doing some work with people and want to be able to give more then one thing our per shot.

Creating a negative from peel apart instant film: After you are done shooting, you can convert the "negative" part of the instant film into a real, usable, high quality color negative. This process is a bit more involved but produces some really cool results. This essentially turns the instant film into a Positive/Negative material (albeit with some more work). Check out this demo video showing how it can be done:

Film pack position template

The film pack is smaller then 4X5 film, and in order to accommodate the various camera designs of different makers, the pack needs to be offset slightly from the center of the ground glass. Check out our free sample template here (a clear film printed template will be included with each reward:

If you do not have the template it's still easy to mark out using the following rule of thumb:

1 CM from top and bottom

1 CM from the right (side where instant film will come out of)

2 CM from the left (side where darkslide comes out of)

Our ground glass markings
Our ground glass markings
Our ground glass markings
Our ground glass markings

We use a china pen (grease pen) to mark the frame on the ground glass so that it can easily be removed or corrected if needed. You easily find an actual template or make your own.

Jackpot reward 

The "Jackpot!" reward lot
The "Jackpot!" reward lot

Why we need your help?

We spent a long time accumulating a stash of pack film housings, rollers and other assorted parts so that we can finally make the 4X5 pack film holder a sustainable reality. The plan is to have this as a regular stock item for years to come, allowing new users to feed their desire for shooting instant film. Along with the revival of 4X5 BW P/N material by the New55 project, we hope to create a broad base of users who enjoy shooting large format instant film.

We have already done the bulk of work to bring this product to life. We have spent hours designing, perfecting and testing our concept (as well as hundreds of sheets of instant film), and we are almost ready to go. All we need is just a little bit more help to get this rolling and out into the world. 100% The funds will go towards fabrication and design work as well as the cost of the parts that go into each and every holder (screws, darkslides etc.,). We will also be continuing to get more pack film housings so that we have a steady supply of parts for years to come, which is where any excess funds raised will go towards.

We expect the regular retail price to be higher then the Kickstarter promotional price (between $189-$199 for the regular black version), so this is a great chance to get a unit. 

Credits:

Industrial Design: Ralf Schneider

Video and original music: Steve Lewis

Concept and testing: The Polaroid team @CatLABS

Risks and challenges

This will be our third Kickstater campaign. We have learned a great deal from our previous experiences, and so far have always delivered way ahead of schedule. This is because all of the design and manufacturing processes have been done and finalized, and are just waiting for a green light to move forward. Our talented team of designers, field testers and fabricators know their stuff and have been working hard to make this project as successful as our previous endeavors.

We have already spent the bulk amount of funds out of our own pocket on getting this project nailed down and ready to roll out, and only need your help to finally get it off the ground. We do net expect any hurdles in the manufacturing process, and expect to deliver this project and all rewards on schedule.

We will be posting regular updates on the progress of the manufacturing, during AND after the campaign so you can stay up to date on how this is all going along.

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    CatLABS sticker pack: Get a Papersafe folded poster mailer plus a bunch of cool CatLABS and apersafe vinyl stickers along with a huge THANK YOU.

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    CatLABS film pack + sticker pack: Get a Papersafe folded poster mailer plus a bunch of cool CatLABS and apersafe vinyl stickers AS WELL AS get a sealed fresh date pack of Fuji FP100c from our own private stash

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    Early bird special: Get the Instant pack film holder at a VERY special price

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    Kickstarter special + FP100c: Get the Instant pack film holder at an introductory price along with a fresh date seal pack of Fuji FP100c from own private stash

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    Choose your color! Get the Instant pack film holder with your choice of base plate color: Black, White, Purple, Red or Blue + get a fresh date seal pack of Fuji FP100c from own private stash

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    Kickstarter special + FP100c: Get the Instant pack film holder at an introductory price along with a sealed pack of Fuji FP3000b from own private stash (exp late 2014 but still good!)

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    Silver shadow: Get the Instant pack film holder with the rare Silver polaroid style holder housing

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    Jackpot! Get the Instant pack film holder at an introductory price along with a HUGE lot of expired, sealed and open packs. Lots of shots here, some are good, but no guarantees on others - lots of fun experimenting!

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    Kickstarter special + BW stockpile!: Get the Instant pack film holder at an introductory price along with a stock of 10 sealed packs of Fuji FP3000b Black an white high speed instant film from own private stash!

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