We made an impromptu visit to our family in Southern California this past weekend. We realized that a planned vacation next week wasn’t happening, so we decided last minute to pull off a quick weekend road trip.
My mother-in-law had recently given me a Polaroid One Step Flash camera so I figured it was a good opportunity to try it out. I bought two packs of The Impossible Project’s latest films, the PX600 UV+ Silver Shade (black & white) and PX680 Color Shade.
The camera worked perfectly fine. Or perhaps I should say it worked as designed since the One Step Flash is a rather run-of-the-mill Polaroid. The always-fires flash was somewhat annoying and resulted in at least one completely blown-out exposure outside.
The Impossible film is coming along but nowhere near the quality of the original Polaroid emulsions in their heyday.
I liked the Silver Shade black & white film a lot as it was fairly contrasty and the 8-pack only resulted in one image with a tiny undeveloped patch. Their Color Shade on the other hand seemed quite washed out, and about half of the pictures had fairly large undeveloped patches.
Based on a whim I used it to order some original Polaroid Spectra film which Impossible recently put up for sale.
Do I have a Spectra camera?… Not yet, but I’m working on that!