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Can i use type 600 film in my SX-70 camera?

Impossible Customer Service
posted this on March 15, 2012 11:50

Yes! Type 600 film is compatible with 600 Cameras as well as with SX-70 cameras together with a ND filter.

If you are using 600 film with a ND filter in a type SX70 camera, we suggest to set the lighten/darken wheel to the middle position.

 

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Ben P.

Hello!!

Recently, I read online about the "Killer Crystal" problem that occurs with PX600 films; I bought my first "PX 680 Color Shade First Flush" film-pack from Impossible two months ago, and I can already see some (very) tiny white dots starting to develop on a picture I took a month ago. Now, they are the size of grains of sand, so right now, they just add to the old-fashioned feel for me, however, I know there is also a possibility that the film may be ruined in a couple of months.

 

I'd like to continue to take pictures with my old Polaroid Impulse 600 camera, however I do not want to spend 20+ euros on film packs, until I can be certain that EVERY pack I buy will still look good after a few months. Therefore, assuming that "Killer Crystal" does not happen in PX-70 film, I want to ask: Is the reverse of the question answered above also true: Can I also use EVERY PX-70 film (for instance: "Impossible by nigo edition PX 70 Color Shade", "PX 70 Color Shade Cool" & "PX 100 Silver Shade Cool") in my 600-camera? And beside turning the exposure switch toward brighten, I won't have to make any adjustments, will I? Does PX70 film have any downsides that I should know about (with my camera type or in general)?

Thanks in advance for any advice you may give me :)

May 14, 2012 22:03
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Tom Beardmore

Hi Ben -

The so-called "Killer Crystal" problem is unique to the monochrome films, not the color films. I've taken hundreds of photos using both types, and both speeds, and I've never seen crystals form in the color stocks.  I have, however, seen some color shifting occur with some of the older color films, especially PX70 First Flush.

However, I do like to dry out my films as soon as possible to make sure that they'll stay stable. To that end I slice open the film pod on the back of each frame (waiting 24 hours first), then put them in the Dry Age Kit. This quickly dries out the frames and in about 3 weeks, the films are cured.

Answering your question, you can use 600 films in 100 cameras by adding a neutral density filter, but generally not vice-versa. The 600 cameras generally expect a film with an ISO of 600,, but the films being used  from the 100 series cameras are ISO 100 - 125. The 600 cameras will severely under-expose the 100 films. Even if you turn the exposure control dial all the way into the "white" area, most images will come out under-exposed.

Good luck!
TRB

May 15, 2012 16:00
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Ben P.

Thanks a lot for the info Tom! I'll just stick to using the type of film for the cameras they were made for :) I am now a lot more confident to buy more film; I really thought it could happen to both Silver Shades AND Colour Shades! When I place a new order, I'll be sure to also add a Dry Age Kit to my basket, what a lovely and simple invention! And thanks for the tip to let them dry out completely, I'll definitely put that to good use!

 

Thanks!

 

Ben. 

 

May 17, 2012 00:54
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Rodrigo Tostes

I have an polaroid 636, it´s compatible with px 600 and px 680 films?

 

thanks

May 21, 2012 20:28
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Tom Beardmore

Hi Rodrigo. Yes, the 636 uses PX 600 and PX 680 films.

May 21, 2012 20:59
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Rmohyee

Can i use Impossible 600 film with a OneStep Express camera?

September 27, 2012 01:33
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Tom Beardmore

Rmohyee: The OneStep Express is designed to use 600 film. If you open the film door and look on the underside of the loading slot, you'll find a label that indicates the film type to be used (Polaroid 600 or Polaroid 600 Plus). So your camera can use either PX600 or PX680 directly, without using ND filters.

September 27, 2012 17:19
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Katy Forshaw

Ive just bought a polaroid 1000 land camera and was wondering if it was compatible with the px680?

October 28, 2012 20:24
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Tom Beardmore

Yes, but you'll also need to add a neutral density filter like this:

http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/accessories/camera/ac_n...

 

The 1000 model is designed to use the lower ISO 100 films like the PX70 and  PX100 films, but you can use PX680 and PX600 films with your camera if you use the ND filter.

 

October 29, 2012 17:09
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Jeff Wyman
Hi - Is the native film for the SLR 680 the PX 600/680 or is an ND filter required? Thanks!!
November 20, 2012 09:59
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Tom Beardmore

PX600 and PX680 films are native in the SLR68, the SLR690 and all 600-type cameras, and no filter is required. If you want to use the films in an SX70, then the ND filter will be needed.

November 20, 2012 16:22
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Tatiana Giustino

Can I use a SX70 film in 600P Camera ?

November 23, 2012 13:24
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Tom Beardmore

Tatianna - I wouldn't recommend doing so.

PX80 and PX100 films are ISO 100 films, and 600P camera's require ISO 600 films. The PX80 and PX100 films can be inserted into 600 cameras, but all of the photos will be terribly under-exposed, even if you turn the exposure control all the way to the "light" side.

November 23, 2012 15:33
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Impossible Customer Service
Impossible GmbH

@tatianna

please use PX 600 (black and white) or PX 680 (color) film in your 600 P Cam. PX 70 or PX 100 will get underexposed in a type 600 camera and will not come out properly.

 

November 23, 2012 16:04
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Kara Dixon

I have a polaroid 600 cool cam. I have the 100 cool film. Does anyone know about using the 100 film in the 600 camera?

November 25, 2012 07:04
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Tom Beardmore

@Kara: Your question is answered by the two previous posts in this thread. In short, no.

November 25, 2012 17:28
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Joseph saunders

in order to use px 680 in a Sx-70 Sonar i have to use a Nd filter? how do i do this using the film and ND filter

December 29, 2012 17:59
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Tom Beardmore

Hi Joseph -

This has been discussed in several threads, including this one. Simply install one of these on your film pack before inserting it into your Sonar OneStep:

http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/accessories/camera/ac_p...

As an alternative, you can also use an external ND filter:

http://www.sx70asia.com/tc/accessories/nd-filter/

This only works on the folding models (which you have). I have one and it works very well, but it also decreases the brightness of the viewfinder.

 

December 29, 2012 21:42
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A Va
Hi, I got a Polaroid 600 cool cam for Christmas, and it says that it uses polaroid 600 plus colour film. I don't know much about what film to use but would px680 film be ok? Also I have an unopened pack of 'polaroid 600 extreme' that expired in '99. Is there any salvaging this film? I can already hear it rattling through the box... Thanks
December 30, 2012 04:14
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Tom Beardmore

You can use PX600 or PX680 films in yoyur camera.

The Polaroid 600 Extreme film is well past its expiration date by 13 years. Depending on how it was stored, it might still work, but if it was just tucked away in a drawer someplace, I wouldn't expect very good results. It won't hurt to try the film in the camera.

December 30, 2012 18:36
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A Va

Thanks Tom :)

December 31, 2012 15:32
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Katy Forshaw

I bought SX-70 film for my polaroid 1000 land camera and tried to take a picture using it but the photo did not develop and just went a very dark green/brown shade. I left the photo in a warm place after it was taken to develop but no luck, any suggestions on how to get my photos to develop?

February 17, 2013 00:11
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Gates Towell
Hi! I have a polaroid 600 cool cam and I was wondering if the 680 film is compatible with it! Thanks
July 17, 2013 18:11
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Tom Beardmore

yes. A Polaroid 600 Cool Cam is designed to use PX600 & PX680 films directly.

July 17, 2013 18:23
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Gates Towell
Okay so this could possibly be a stupid question, but I just got the film in the mail and when I took my first picture it came out very blue. I could barely see the faint outlines of the picture! Is there any way to fix this?? Also I took out the film case to see if it had been out in wrong or something but when I put it back in another photograph came out! Thanks for your help!
July 24, 2013 00:25
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Tom Beardmore

Wait a bit, Gates. The new chemistry takes a bit longer, close to 20 minutes for the real image to appear, and about 50 minutes for it to be final.

In time, Impossible will find ways to bring back the same "instant" magic, but for now, please understand that they're building the new film from scratch.

July 24, 2013 06:16
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Malissa

I just bought some expired px600 film for my sx-70 sonar that I have yet to use for the first time. I don't want to be the idiot that asks the same question over and over again... I know I can use it in my camera, but I saw somewhere online I'll have to load it a different way, or do something with the film? Is this correct or did I just read something wrong? This is from a person who has never taken a photo with an instant camera, so I don't want to break my camera the first time I try it out!!

Also don't have a ND filter but I'll just push down the brightness as low as it can go... hope it'll work

July 25, 2013 07:29
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Malissa

Also this has nothing to do with the nd filter... I read that you physically have to cut off something before loading it? Just want to make sure whether or not this is true before I jam it in there.

July 25, 2013 07:32
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Tom Beardmore

Hi Malissa.

The date that is printed on the box is the production date, not the expiration date.

The film is loaded just like any other film cartridge for the SX-70, although it would be best to use the ND filter on the back or apply a neutral density filter to the lens. Without the ND filter, your images will be over-exposed, even if you turn down the exposure dial all of the way.

The other consideration is shielding the film when it comes out of the camera, if it's an older production run. The newer production runs aren't as sensitive to light when the frames are ejected, but you should still initially shield the films when they are ejected if you're outdoors.

 

July 25, 2013 16:05
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Malissa
Thanks Tom!! And you're right... Guess I thought they meant expired when I read "aged". The production run is from June 2010..
July 25, 2013 16:58
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Andrej Hana

I have bought Polarod 1000 land camera and I bought film px 680. I took picture once and came out black picture.I dont have ND Filter.Must I buy that nd filter? Greetings from Serbia :)

August 06, 2013 15:05
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rhona belle blances

Whats the best type of px 70 film to be use for an sx 70 Polaroid? and what are there main differences form each other...

September 24, 2013 18:17
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Vitória Müller

Hi! Can I use another type of film(cheaper) for a 600 camera?? Usually its films are the most expensive...

October 20, 2013 01:37
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Tom Beardmore

@ Andrej Hana: If you don't have a ND filter, using px 680 film (ISO 600) in a Polaroid 1000 (designed for ISO 125 films like the PX70/PX100 films) will always result in over-exposure.

 

@ Rhona Belle: The main difference between  the films are their sensitivity to light. The PX70/PX100 films are designed for the original series of SX70 cameras that are designed to use ISO 125 films. Subsequently, Polaroid eventually started producing newer cameras and films that designed to use ISO 600 films, which are more sensitive to light. For these cameras, use either PX680 or PX600 films. You may also use the higher-speed ISO films in cameras designed for ISO 125, provided that you use a neutral density filter. PZ films are the same as the films as PX680 and PX600, but in a wider format for the Spectra series of camera.

@Vitória Müller: The only source of newly-manufactured films for Polaroid SX-70 and SX-600 series cameras is Impossible. You might still be able to find some original Polaroid films here and there, but this is all expired stock, and it is typically more expensive than Impossible's own films. There is no "cheaper" film.

October 20, 2013 16:57
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Jordan Meiers

Hi, 

I have recently purchased 2 Polaroid cameras: a 2000 Land camera and an Amigo 620. Can you tell me which types of film will work? I've read a few different things about sx70/600/px680 working and I'm not sure which is the case. As far as I know, they are in they're original condition, no filters or anything added.

Thanks,
Jordan

December 13, 2013 04:50
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Tom Beardmore

The Amigo works with Impossible's 600 films (both color and B&W). The 2000 uses Impossible's SX-70 films, but it can use 600 films if you use a neutral density filter. Check the "accessories" section in Impossible's online store.

December 13, 2013 16:41
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Santiago Hernández L.

Hi Tom, thanks for the good work you do here answering the questions.

 

I have one I didn't see before. What about the ND filter and the new film? I just bought the "new" (= the latest formula, and the latest packaging, fabricated on 11/13) color film for 600 cameras. It does not have - as the "old" films -   a 600 ASA, but a 640 ASA instead.

My question is: is this film also compatible with SX-70 cameras with the ND filter?

Thank you!
--Santiago.

December 17, 2013 10:49
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Tom Beardmore

Hi Santiago - Merry Christmas.

Any of the older Polaroid cameras that used the original SX-70 films can use the new 600 films with a neutral-density filter. I use one that Impossible used to offer, one that sticks onto camera's front, ahead of the lens, but it only worked for SX-70 folding SLR cameras. The "sheet-type" filters that Impossible offers in the store are more practical, because they will work with any of the older cameras.

December 17, 2013 19:32
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Santiago Hernández L.

Thank you, Tom.

 

Great! I bought the Impossible ND Filter Film pack filter  on my last order, and although on its instructions it says it works with the PX680 or the PX600, there was no mention of the new Film models (that don't have these notations) and I didn't want to screw any photo up. Thanks to you, I won't :)

Merry Christmas to you too!

December 17, 2013 19:56
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Cjoshoot

Tom,

I wondered why my images were coming out over exposed... I thought I was supposed to be using 600 film - but it turns out (on the last time I loaded the film), the camera says "use sx70 film".  I had been planning on asking if using 600 film would cause overexposure and you completely answered my question! I thought maybe something was wrong w/ the camera... but now I'm just going to try using Sx70 film and see what I get. :)  Thank you for all your responses above! very helpful!!

January 23, 2014 14:27
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Marshall Phillips

So, I have an old 600 cartridge with a dead battery.

Under cover of darkness, can I slide the 600's into a PX 100  cartridge and then expose the films?

In other words, are the film packets compatible with each other?

February 04, 2014 04:52
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Tom Beardmore

Yes. In fact, I've done this on a couple of occasions using a film-changing bag. Technically, the cartridges are made differently by Polaroid so that a 100 cartridge could not be inserted into a 600 camera, but Impossible's cartridges are specifically made to work in either camera.

February 04, 2014 15:50
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Tomas Kibildis
Hi Tom, I have polaroid land camera 1000 which film i need to use. Want to make the order and want to be sure im taking right film. thank you in advance!
February 04, 2014 20:14
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Tom Beardmore

The topic of the Polaroid 1000 has been brought up several times in this thread. Please refer to the earlier posts and replies.

Good luck!

February 04, 2014 23:48
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Tomas Kibildis

Nice... only "Good luck" can help to make good pictures for 20 eur..

In this thread up was some HELP questions, but no answers.

Katy Forshaw asked: "I bought SX-70 film for my polaroid 1000 land camera and tried to take a picture using it but the photo did not develop and just went a very dark green/brown shade. I left the photo in a warm place after it was taken to develop but no luck, any suggestions on how to get my photos to develop?"

Tom Beardmore: no answer.

Andrej Hana asked: "I have bought Polarod 1000 land camera and I bought film px 680. I took picture once and came out black picture.I dont have ND Filter.Must I buy that nd filter? Greetings from Serbia :)"

Tom Beardmore:  "If you don't have a ND filter, using px 680 film (ISO 600) in a Polaroid 1000 (designed for ISO 125 films like the PX70/PX100 films) will always result in over-exposure."

....

But you don't have the PX series any more, is the SX series the same, does it fits in Polaroid 1000 landcamera, do i need to buy neutral filter or not? What is iso for SX70 film? Is it so hard to answer one more time in correct way or make www more friendly?

Thank you in advance and Good luck!

 

February 05, 2014 14:48
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Impossible Customer Service
Impossible GmbH

@Tomas:

your Polaroid 1000 camera uses Film for SX-70 Cameras. You can find all the matching films here: https://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/film/sx70

type 600 film with an ND filter is just a substitute for the correct SX-70 film. 

best regards,

Andi Hentschel

Impossible Customer Service

 

 

February 05, 2014 15:12
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Tom Beardmore

@Tomas -

If you weren't aware, I'm just another user of Impossible's films. I stop by the forum now and again, and I try to assist when I can. I am not an employee of Impossible.

February 05, 2014 15:43
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Tomas Kibildis

@Tom - 

Now i know :) shame on me and shame on Impossible Customer service. A lot of bug'y products, irritated customers, information is not so easy to understand. Yes it is nice to have polaroid's alive but impossible must do more to make customers happy, not only golden frame and cool design films.

BR Tomas 

February 05, 2014 16:47
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Impossible Customer Service
Impossible GmbH

@Tomas

this is a user forum by definition. For detailed information from Impossible customer service, please email us at service@the-impossible-project.com

you will always get a friendly and competent answer there.

best wishes,

Andi Hentschel

Impossible Customer Service

 

February 05, 2014 17:02
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rambo babszem

hi!can i use px 680 film in my 636 closeup camera?

February 10, 2014 22:02
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Impossible Customer Service
Impossible GmbH

@rambo

Yes, PX 680 film will work in your Polaroid 636 camera.

PX 680 is the predecessor to our current Color Film for Polaroid 600 Cameras. 

We do recommend to use all Impossible films within 12 months of the production date (imprinted on the film box) and to store all unused packs cool, preferably in the fridge.

 

February 11, 2014 10:04