Very recently I stumbled upon a great deal. Buy 3 packs of expired impossible film, pay only two! I heard some stories about expired impossible film, and therefore couldn’t believe they were trying to sell it, advertised as “film for people just starting with polaroids and instant photography”.
I decided to do a test by myself. Long time before I bought my first Polaroid camera I was searching for one and so I bought one pack of film to try the new camera. This never happened and the film remained hidden in my other pile of photo material. I thought I’ll give it a try, and there’s no better way of trying it out than using Mint SLR670, which allows me to change the shutter speed as I want to. This allowed me to do +1 to -6 exposure test.
Reviews were right
In full auto, the shutter speed was close to 8 seconds. I then did series of pictures from 4s to 1/16s, and you can now see the results below. It’s also good to mention that both the iPhone light meter and my Gossen said the correct exposure should be ISO100, f/8, 4s. Best picture however came with 1s or 1/2s, which is 2-3 stops underexposed! It’s impossible to dial such underexposure on usual Polaroid cameras, and so it’s very possible that anybody buying expired film will end with overexposed pictures. Since this can result in not buying another film, I would recommend everybody who is interested in Polaroid photography, to start with fresh film and don’t buy much in advance. Polaroid Originals packs can be bought literally everywhere now and it’s therefore it’s more safe to buy always fresh.
By the way, if you wonder why the pictures are so blue, and look underdeveloped, it’s not the case. This is how the pictures looked like after several hours as well. All pictures were taken @22 degrees Celsius room temperature.