If no one has told you yet, allow us to let you in on a little secret: Polaroid films go bigger than the 4×5 peel apart instant films you’ve probably seen. Snoop around at the Polaroid Originals website and you’ll see some handmade 8×10 instant films for large format cameras. But, it gets even bigger than that. How big exactly, this interesting video shows us, complete with a photo shoot!
Marco Christian Krenn, who runs the Analog Things YouTube Channel, has recently posted a treat for all instant photography fans out there. He dropped by the SUPERSENSE Headquarters in Vienna to check out the biggest, baddest member of their camera collection: the SUPERSENSE 20×24, based on a model made by Wisner. It’s the largest instant camera in the world!
Yes, you heard and saw that right — it’s a 20×24 large format camera that can take the largest Polaroid photos ever. We didn’t just see the camera and a sample photo taken with it; Krenn also did a fun and cool demonstration on how to take photos with it! The most fascinating part of the whole process is definitely the developing. With a camera that big, you also need something big to develop the photos with — complete with rollers, positive paper, and chemicals and all!
With the regular Polaroid cameras, all the components are in one print “package” that the rollers spew out, and you wait for it to develop. With the giant version, you have to manually load the negative, positive paper, and two chemistry pods together on the processor and feed them all in the roller. The chemistry pods break as the rollers squeeze them, and the chemicals get spread in between the paper and the negative. You wait for them to develop within two minutes, then you peel the negative off to reveal the print, much like a massive pack film.
It involves a meticulous process that belongs only to studios, but if you want to try the SUPERSENSE 20×24 experience, you can get in touch with the SUPERSENSE folks to rent the camera out.
A few years ago we did our own tour of this giant camera.
Screenshot image from the video by Analog Things