Polaroid P/N Bucket

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by ken_woroner, Sep 3, 1997.

  1. Can anyone tell me where I can find a bucket for storing Polaroid 4x5 B&W negs when shooting on location. I live in Toronto, but any source in North America will do. Thanks.
     
  2. Midwest photo had one advertised a while back and may still have it--about $40.They're in Shutterbug.
     
  3. My local store (Keeble & Shuchat) did not find that item
    on their Polaroid catalog. However, I remember that two
    years ago it was available in Paris.
     
  4. Try looking at Tupperware products. Even in Canada someone should handle them. I have used one in the past with a removable lid that never leaked once closed. It worked well for backpacking as well.
     
  5. I bought mine from The Lens and Repro Equipment Corp.
    (212) 675-1900 for $46. It's a plastic one-gallon bucket
    with a snap-on lid and a removeable rack for up to twelve
    negatives. The rack adjusts for different film sizes, up
    to 4x5". The lid requires serious prying to remove; it
    seals well enough to prevent spills, but seeps when
    inverted.
     
  6. actually i use a tupperware container, just the right size,
    seals watertight
     
  7. The Yankee cut film developing tank can be found around phot stores, in the Calumet catalog (1-800-Calumet) and various other places and placed in a plain ol' bucket it works well. I have to admit I got that idea from Roger Hicks
     
  8. Havent tried it yet, but I seem to remember seeing some where htat the Combi 4 x 5 tank will hold Polaroid negs. You would have to remove the pods (messy) to close the lid, or carry it in a larger bucket you can seal.

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    When I get around to it I will see if the pods can be folded over enough to use the Combi's own lid. I suspect it can. This is an invertible tank, so it should seal up pretty well.
     
  9. brent,
    "the Combi 4 x 5 tank will hold Polaroid negs" but not well as the polaroids need to be sloshed around a fair amout to clear the neg and the negative, being not as thick or as stiff as "real" film, can get loose. Outside of lucking out and finding one of the old P'roid tanks my advice is to go either with the tupperware or the new Lens & Repro version mentioned above.
     
  10. the graphic center in california sells them brand new for under $40.
    you get the tank and a rack that holds 10 sheets 665 and expand to
    hold 10 sheets 55, and an identical bucket with a couple of holes
    drilled in the bottom for washing (just run a hose in it).

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    GraficCenter@aol.com

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    should work for you. i will sometimes shoot 80 or 100 negs in a
    session (665) and i use a tupperware type bucket for that, but it
    doesn't get moved until they're ready to go to the darkroom for
    post-production. make sure it doesn't have a vacuum mold point in the
    bottom center.

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    these negs are pretty fragile and the corners of one will ruin the
    next if motion is allowed.

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    i met a guy in houston who travelled with an ice chest custom fitted
    with an acrylic (plexiglas) grid that held each neg in its' own little
    5" high compartment. it wasn't glued together, the horizontal ones
    were slotted 1/2 way down and the verticals 1/2 way up and they slid
    together to make the grid. it nested into a nice polystyrene hinge
    lidded ice chest. then he'd top it off with the s.sulfite and seat
    belt it into the back seat of his car. he was a portrait guy. he
    showed me 30x40 prints and they were VERY clean. nice work, too (if
    you're out there)....tom
     

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