After many months of general enthusiasm and collateral damage of epic proportions, the PX600FF and the PX100FF range of new Polaroids (in the silver series) fail to live up to their expectations. Well, if it isn't the LPP incidents, the crystal damages and now some of my better outputs have faded into obscurity. Apparently the photographs NEED to be stored in airtight containers with silica sachets. The kind of sachets that come with clothing and shoes and other goods that are prone to a little drying out. I have new knowledge via email that they are now sending out the new stock with these silica sachets.
I do know that this isn't an exact science and the people have only been trading for the last year or so but...they are so darned expensive. I want to use the old official Polaroids but they are only available through eBay and the prices they charge are shocking, upto 34.99 for a box of ten from £27.99. This price hike happened in under 24 hours and there is only one company selling them. I received two boxes which I was charged £72.99 (and I'm only an under-grad) and these were dated 09/05...yes that's a whole five years out of date. They turned out really faded and quite unsuitable for what I had planned to do with them...hhmmmpppppf.
I quite like using the TZ Artistic films and they are quite cheap if buying straight from the Vienna factory. They are very manipulable, have a lovely greenish twinge about them and just generally pleasing and dependable. I have quite a few boxes which are being shelved for future reference.