Does Impossible Project Instant Film Need Light Shielding?

As I have stated in previous articles, all Impossible Project instant films need to be shielded from light during processing/ development. This is especially important for the first few minutes, but the longer you can keep the print out of the light while it develops, the better. The new V2.0 B&W films both SX-70 and 600 are said not to need light shielding but as you can see from the attached sample photos this is not exactly true— the film is getting better but still not 100%. The sacrifice of contrast, density and sharpness when not shielded is crazy and it gets worse the brighter the light is.

The image on the left was shielded where as the image on the right was not… big difference!

With color film you have to shield the image for 30-40 minutes minimum and process at 65-75F for best results!

Making instant film is a very, very complicated process and I am confident that given time these films will become more user friendly and cost effective.

Viva la Revolution- Steve

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