Impossible Project & Polaroid Film Review

This is a page where I give a biased review of the various films I’ve shot.

PX 680 Gold Border

PX 70 12/11

PX 70 Cool

PX 70 Push!

PX 70 Color Protection

PX 680 Gold Border
When I first started shooting, I was fascinated with these Gold border color films from Impossible. I was late to the party so I looked everywhere for them but couldn’t find any. Then I literally struck gold when a local shop here had a stash left and sold them off to me at a very good price. Alas they’re gone now and looking back, I have to say that this was a really good batch of film. One I’m glad I had the opportunity to shoot. If you find it, buy it.

  

Film Reliability / Consistency

– Good film. Very reliable. Not full marks because it did then to show some minor undeveloped patches sometimes

Colors / Mood / Tone

– Full marks. I really like color tones on this film. Very dreamy.

Ease of use

– Easy film to shoot. But only 2 Goldroids because like all other Impossible Films (until now), you have to shade them

Uniqueness / Character / Like-ability

– This is close to my favorite and best film. But unfortunately it’s not perfect because it needs shading and it’s a 600 film meaning you need an ND filter for good color on my SX 70. I hate those filters. You either have to use the film type that has an occasional jam as the film is coming out from the camera or you use the lens filter that makes viewing through the eye-piece darker. This takes away from the enjoyment.


Score: 9 / 12 Goldroids

PX 70 12/11
No longer available from Impossible, I actually stumbled onto this film one time when the newer “Cool” films were not available. Put simply. This is my favorite color film (border colors aside). The colors and tones are dreamy and produce colors consistently to what I envision when I take the shot as long as the exposure setting is done correctly. I also have no complaints about it’s capability to reproduce all the major colors.

  

Film Reliability / Consistency


– Very good and reliable film.  For an “older” film, it does a great job 

Colors / Mood / Tone

– Colors are dreamy yet this film can produce some outstanding color, without looking “too fake”  as opposed to the new CP film in my view

Ease of use

– Like other Impossible films only 2 Goldroids because you have to shade them

Uniqueness / Character / Like-ability

– This is probably my favorite film but I didn’t have enough of this to shoot to really give me a firm certainty. Plus the fact that this film is now more than a year older and no longer available, means that whatever packs you do stumble upon would have the potential hazards of not being stored correctly and or having a change in their chemicals.


Score: 10 / 12 Goldroids


PX 70 Cool
This is a strange film that’s grown on me. It first came out when I was shooting a lot of PX 680 and PX 70 12/11, so being “new” and literally “cool” it was priced more expensively I never had any real reason to purchase it. When I did test the first pack, I found the color tone to be a little too cold for my liking especially when compared to my favorite 12/11. However like I said, it has grown on me and my trip to Japan really allowed me to take some wonderful tones with this film. And as a friend pointed out, the Cool film actually produces more accurate colors compared with 12/11. Nowadays, this is perhaps my most trusted film because I really find our hot and humid weather produces photos which are too yellowish in tone in the latest PX 70 Color Protect.

  

Film Reliability / Consistency


– Very reliable and very consistent.  I can hardly remember any issues with underdeveloped patches or any other issues.

Colors / Mood / Tone

– As a friend put it. More accurate tones and colors. Sometimes a bit too cold for me, but a nice contrast to other films from Impossible.

Ease of use

– Like other Impossible films only 2 Goldroids because you have to shade them

Uniqueness / Character / Like-ability

– There’s nothing particularly unique about this film, but it does it’s job well and is consistent. For this, I think it can be highly recommended. Especially since they seem to be heavily discounted by Impossible these days. Everyone should try and snap these up. The shading is really no big deal once you’re used to it.


Score: 9 / 12 Goldroids


PX 70 Push!
What a difficult and magical film. There is really no way I can recommend this film to others but if you’re the type of person who like to experiment. If you get bored when things get easy, then this is really a challenge you should consider. Push! is one of Impossible’s earliest films, thus they are at least two years old, which in itself makes the chemicals a challenge. Should you find a pack, make sure it was stored correctly in a fridge or buy directly from a store or Impossible. Forget about buying this from someone you don’t know cause chances are you’re buying 8 blank sheets! Having said that, even getting a “good” pack is just the beginning of the challenge. Basically I’ve been told that Push! is not only old and troublesome, but the chemicals that Impossible used was of a different “branch” then the main line to testing that eventually led to their current film. Thus you get very unexpected (read mostly blue + pink) results, but strangely you also get very little or no undeveloped patches! And if you’re shooting Push! the Push stands for pushing your film all the way with heat. I literally blow dry my shots as soon as I can with a hairdryer. No heat. No image.

   

Film Reliability / Consistency


– The film is consistent in a sense that you get minimal undeveloped patches but given it’s age and difficulty, is very unreliable

Colors / Mood / Tone

– It gives a very unique type of picture if you get the settings and heat right as can be seen here. Another thing to mention is that it produces very sharp images, when you get things right.

Ease of use

– Very, very challenging. But this is why I like it.

Uniqueness / Character / Like-ability

–  One day soon this film will go away and everyone will be shooting”perfect film” that doesn’t need to be shielded, that needs minimum fuss, and produces constant images all the time. And I will miss experimental film like this that forces the photographer to really think, improvise, and work for the shot. But apart from this, Push! really produces it’s own unique type of images. Truly film-like, when, you get it right.

Score: 6 / 12 Goldroids


PX 70 Color Protection
The Impossible Project sure make a big deal out of this film and they have every right to. They’ve literally recreated instant photography from (almost) scratch including the production, the chemicals and have single-handedly in the process revived the interest of people like myself from all over the world. And this film, this…film, represents a lot to them. It is really a milestone as all their other batches / types to date have required the photographer to shield the photo immediately after it is ejected from the camera. The failure to do so would mean ruining the photograph. But now, color protection (which I’ve always thought was a strange name, since it requires the “least” amount of protection – from the sun) boasts that you can truly take photos like the old Polaroids. The additional amazing feature is that if you look online at the Impossible’s and Flickr galleries, you will see beautifully color-rich, high saturated photographs. They are truly gorgeous. But here’s the but…so far I’ve found that, there’s something about Singapore. Something about our temperature or humidity or something else… that causes us to have photos which are more “yellowish” in nature. The pictures are still good and color-rich, they just stand to be very, very warm.

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Film Reliability / Consistency


– So far I’ve found this film to be very consistent. The easiest film to start off with for a newcomer.

Colors / Mood / Tone

– Depends. Sometimes, especially with flash, the film produces very warm, yellowish tones. But not always I have shot some very lovely colors with this.

Ease of use

– Cannot be easier. No more shading.

Uniqueness / Character / Like-ability

–  Here’s where I have some reservations. I would always recommend this film, especially to newcomers. But the yellowish tone in combination with the current (highest) pricing for this (compared to other film like Cool) makes it difficult to give it higher marks. If they were all the same price, yeah I guess I would go with Color Protect, but for now; I’m not all in yet.

Score: 9 / 12 Goldroids