4×5 peel-apart film is back…again. That’s right, New55 (who several years back revived the long-dead Polaroid Type 55 monochrome film, and who then stopped production a little while after, and who then came back again quite recently) is now making 2 versions of their peel-apart film: New55 PN100 and New55 PN400!
Check out all the details at New55’s website: www.famousformat.com
When New55 first hit the scene, I wasn’t into polaroids, so I didn’t have the urge to shoot a revived version of Polaroid’s legendary Type 55 film. But, of course, I eventually got bit by the instant film bug, and sure enough, I began to feel the urge. The urge for instant 4×5 prints. Unfortunately, though, by the time I realized my affinity for polaroid, New55 had closed shop.
I missed the boat and I thought it was never coming back.
But then! Lo and behold! Just a few months ago I get an email from Famous Format saying they’re back! So I jumped on the interwebs and ordered myself 3 boxes of New55 along with a shiny new Polaroid 4×5 film holder. I’ll be honest, it hurt a little bit to spend that kind of cash on 3 boxes of film (each exposure costs $15!), but I knew I’d be kicking myself if I never tried New55. After all, who knew when they might have to close shop again?
So with fresh New55 in hand, my 4×5 view camera, a bottle of fixer, and a whole lot of potential frustration, I headed out to the desert to try it out. And since I’ve never shot this type of film before, I knew I’d probably make a mistake or two. And if I did, I figured you guys would like to see that.
So here it is. My first attempt with New55 PN100. Enjoy!