Thursday, July 21, 2016

The long and short of it (receiver sheet)

Our never-ending quest for efficiency led us to cut down the length of the receiver sheet, which reduces paper waste and nearly 30% of precious image layer fluids.   There is still a small margin (behind the shakuhachi) to write notes or place a refrigerator magnet over.

Now that we have your attention on receiver sheets, notice how good and smooth the coverage is and how much better the tonal scale is. It is an achievement.

It find it hard to believe that this very obscure but critical chemical process, which was so costly to develop and learn how to make, is finally something we have firmly in hand, and am amazed when the photograph is peeled. It is unique in all the world; We are the only company on earth who manufacture instant peelapart films, and it is now becoming apparent that we need to expand to color and other formats, too. I would expect we can use this in an instant 8x10 system, but we'd have to make a wider coating machine.  You can see the scanned negatives of these photographs on flickr at this link.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chemical mixer for New55 COLOR

The stainless steel mixer (AKA "the reactor") is a pressurized and vacuum container that allows precise mixing of developers and thickeners, under controlled mixing speed, temperature, pressures and time. You could go out and buy one new, but we can't do that so a beer making fermenter is being pressed into service and it looks like it will do fine.
Prepared for brazing out on the loading dock

Additions are the extra filling port seen being prepared for silver brazing and the rather scorched looking aftermath. This is normal.

A special rotary feedthrough goes on the top and gets connected to a powerful motor, as the color reagent is thick and requires a lot of mixing.

New55 has to do a lot of its own machine building and some of it is improvised. These make good starting points and allow us to make valid predictions about cost and yield if and when high speed production machinery is ever available to us.
The rotary seal is upside down and has four
separate pressure and vacuum ports
You can buy beer making equipment that looks
like this and then drill holes and braze on more
fittings if you have the tools.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beware of fake yellow dots on Aero Ektars

For no real reason,  an Aero Ektar with a yellow dot sells for more than one with no dot.

Here is a drilled, counterfeit dot!  Not only is the Testors yellow paint slopped over the edge unlike a real dot, but the depression is incorrectly shaped and poorly centered. A genuine dot is flat, perfectly centered, and shows shallow grooves of the ring engraving tool.

You've been warned.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Pack Film Meeting with Doc Kaps AKA Type 100

A marathon session with Doc Kaps here at Ashland/New55 to talk about the future of analog instant photography.  One important topic is the status of the famous type 100 film, also known as "pack film" which makes a convenient frame for the last photo of the pack as shown here. 
Many ideas and possibilities were discussed and some formative discussions about the status of New55 PN, and New55 COLOR, which might be put in other formats that use peelapart instant film technology. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ShopNEW55: TILTING 150mm f2.8 Xenotar

ShopNEW55: TILTING 150mm f2.8 Xenotar: For those who previously asked to be notified you may be pleased to know that this lens, tilting mount, spare Pacemaker Graflex board with r...

Friday, June 17, 2016

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New55 comments on completion of Kickstarter fulfillment, adjusts price of film

Ashland, MA. April 20, 2016: New55 FILM announced today that it has completed final batches destined for Kickstarter supporters.

New55 FILM announced today that it has completed final batches of all components and rewards for its New55 PN FILM Kickstarter project.  Over 21,000 assemblies for Kickstarter and another 15,000 units for general sale have moved or are moving through final stages of fulfillment through the various channels worldwide.

New55 PN is a new, black and white instant 4x5 sheet film that provides a 4x5 negative and also a positive print.  New55 PN went into production in June of 2015, and today is in limited production subject to the scaling of the manufacturing process.

Price adjustment reflects scaling economics

A price adjustment reflecting the improved economics of manufacturing at this important milestone has been made and additional product supplied to New55's online web store HERE.

Concurrent with the announcement has been the rollout of machine-coated receiver sheets that visibly improve the smoothness and consistency of the positive peelaway print over the previously hand-coated product.

For more information about New55 FILM and its other products - Atomic-X sheet film, R5 Monobath Developer, 1SHOT ready-loaded sheet films, and new products for large format film photography without a darkroom, visit

Saturday, April 2, 2016

We are considering a color peelapart project

Just wanted to post here that a second effort similar to our first effort is being considered. Another crowd funded program could result in a new color 4X5 product that uses some of the same parts as New55 PN.  And the increased production numbers may foretell better manufacturing efficiencies and the eventual ability to moderate price as we add machinery.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New55 FILM Resumes after Production Halt. Gen 2 material to begin shipping within a week

New55 FILM Resumes after Production Halt

Gen 2 material to begin shipping within a week

Ashland, MA, February 24, 2016: Production of New55 PN "Generation 2" film has started after suspension of hand coating processes forced a temporary production halt. The shut down resulted in a shortage of New55 PN film products and delays in shipments. Hand coating of the “receiver sheet” which has consumed over 50% of available labor and resources, has been suspended. Machine coating using a prototype in-house coater has started. Hand assembly of film packs will continue, possibly at a slightly increased rate. The transition period is necessary as parallel operation of both hand coating and machine coating is not feasible due to limited staff availability, and will continue over the near term until the new methods are qualified.

About “Generation 2”

New55 PN is a positive-negative instant film that produces a print and a large format negative using an integrated assembly that contains a development pod and lightproof layers that permit “darkroomless” exposure and processing. Over the course of the first six months of New55 PN production, which has yielded over 20,000 units (packs), much has been learned about the consistency and stability of the sensitive materials and developers over time. Beginning today with Generation 2, the external date code will show the specific date of production so that monitoring of changes and inventory management can be more easily accomplished. The date code will now appear in the product label and will follow the ISO year/month/day standard. Immediately noticeable improvements will include the consistency of the machine-coated receiver sheet, which will have a smoother finish, and incremental improvements in a number of other areas over time.

About shelf life

Accumulated data on shelf life is limited due to the relatively short time the product has been in production and the limited availability of accelerated aging data. For this reason a recommended shelf life average can only extend as far as existing aged production, which is now just over 6 months. Users should refer to the manufacturing date as a guide to the age of the product.

About New55

New55 PN, Atomic-X 4x5 sheet film, 1SHOT ready loaded sheet film, and R5 MONOBATH DEVELOPER together form a core offering of new, post-digital large format materials that can be used and processed without a darkroom, opening the door to many new and established photographers who are enthusiastic about the resurgence of analog films and equipment. Visit

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spending and Income Report from January 1 to December 31, 2015

Spending and Income Report from January 1 to December 31, 2015
Demand Note Posted on January 6, 2016