In what’s some great news for us analogue photographers, it seems like we’ll be getting our alternative packfilm for Polaroid Land Cameras after all! It’s coming from CatLABS of JP; and in a very recent posting made by the company it seems like they’re going to take up the mantle. They stated:
“We have the experience, knowledge and history to back this up. We are so committed to packfilm, we had the entire 6th issue of our Papersafe magazine shot on packfilm.”
At the moment though, they don’t have specific details but they’re telling folks to follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.; and it overall is a fairly odd an interesting post to make.
Fujifilm stated that they discontinued the production of packfilm for “reasons that were out of their control.” To keep the analogue community alive, Florian “Doc” Kaps (who was a founder of the Impossible Project) went to meet with Fujifilm to discuss the future of Fujifilm 100-C after the company announced its discontinuation. Even after many attempts, the change.org petition claims that Fujifilm is quoted to say:
“…we cannot now change our decision. Thus, we respectfully decline your proposals. “
Fujifilm continues to do well with the Instax film due to its ease of use. Packfilm, on the other hand, requires you to shoot in warm temperatures, develop for a specified amount of time, etc. It’s a fairly more intensive process vs. just shooting, printing and waiting for the image to come out.
If the packfilm does indeed stay alive, then this is an incredible piece of news for the film photographers amongst us.