Here’s an exciting crowdsourcing project for not only film aficionados, but for all lovers of fine photography and distinct gear: New55 FILM is a Kickstarter project that needs $400,000 to fund manufacturing. As a backer you will not only receive boxes of first-run manufactured New55 FILM “First Edition,” you’ll also be making history by constructing the future of post-digital professional darkroomless analog photography.
Initiated by Bob Crowley who’s trying to make large format negative/positive film accessible again, just think of the potential of medium format instant film. Right, it’s nothing mainstream and instant film is a complex product with many stringent requirements.
In essence New55 FILM wants to replace Polaroid 55, yet it’s not a duplication of the Polaroid classic, a large format instant film that produced both a negative and a positive image.
When you pulled the sheet out of the holder after taking a photo, you would tear it in two pieces. One would be a negative you could use in the darkroom to develop your photo — and the other would be a full-on black-and-white, large format print.
The cheapest pledge will cost a backer $75 — well it’s a premium product and large format photography never has been really affordable. Or you can hunt down old expired boxes of Polaroid 55 — on eBay they’re going for well over $100.
New55 FILM utilizes the same film holder that was used with Polaroid Type 55 P/N and seems to share many of the same characteristics. New55 FILM works in the same 545 Polaroid film holder back — which are available in great numbers on eBay. They’re compatible with all sorts of large format cameras.
Time to spoil yourself a bit — like reader and photographer Dierk Topp who inspired this article and who’s enjoying his new toy, a Sinar P. Dierk’s not the only one hoping for the New55 FILM project to succeed.