Polaroid 665 and conventional film

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by richardw, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Hello,

    I recently tried Polaroid 665 film and I am very pleased with the outcoming
    negatives, they enlarge sharp but smooth at the same time, but its a different
    effect than e.g. with a softar. Difficult to describe but pleasing for

    As using 665 is expensive, my question: is there any "conventional" emulsion,
    that gives this smooth appearance in b/w for the darkroom at home. Normally I
    shoot HP5 and Delta 100 & 400.

    Thanks for ideas - Richard
  2. Hi Richard.

    The 665 emulsion is reputed to be the old Kodak Panatomic-X emulsion, which was discontinued many years ago, but still surfaces at online auctions occasionally. Next to kin might be Ilford Pan F+? Good luck.

  3. Hello Jay,

    Thank you for your prompt answer, I thought in this direction as Pan F+ has with its low speed not the acutance of HP5+. BTW I use ID-11. I'll try Pan F and Perceptol and lots of light.

    Thanks again - Richard
  4. Good luck, Richard. I think you're on the right track.

  5. Richard, persist if you like it. I've been using it over 20 and always wondered the same thing,
    never found anything quite the same except of course type55. Shot it fullframe on a polaroid
    180 for years and 7x7cm on my rz back in the last couple of years(crystal clear and still that
    gorgeous creamy polaroid rendition). It's just a different way of working.
  6. Thank you Tony, i wondered, if someone else had this experience. regards Richard

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