Friday, September 23, 2011

New55 Early Results

Our subject from last week's session is shown very tightly cropped and greatly enlarged.  This is the negative side of a New55 shot taken with the trusty Speed Graphic and Xenotar 150mm f2.8, work performed over at Mass Art with the assistance of Keitaro Yoshioka and other collaborators. To see the entire image you can go to our slide show on flickr. You may have to change your access settings.

Or you can see them here in higher resolution.

The results we can now get appear to exceed the performance of old T55 in an important way: Both positive and negative are properly exposed and processed in one operation, something Polaroid never achieved.

Every day I get requests and questions from people, some asking "what can I do to help?"
Right now, one thing you can do is tell others, put the link to New55 in other forums, mention it and link it in your posts, and keep doing it. Copy and paste the URL everywhere you can. This helps build traffic and consensus that further investment is worthwhile.  Places to go include APUG, LF forums, and also general photo forums, certain fashion and modeling sites, the popular press (comments sections) and on Twitter and Facebook and places I am not aware of. Please do this as the opportunity presents itself, and don't be afraid to grab this or other images from here to post with the link back to http://new55project.blogspot.com

Thanks!

25 comments:

papayaspoint said...

ohhh this is a very nice result...

Michael Slade said...

Keep it up! WE ALL miss Type 55!

Bob Crowley said...

This really is not that similar to T55, but I am glad you like it. Now go and spread the word please! Our money men need to see site traffic.

Anonymous said...

Bob,
I can't see the image on flickr at all. I have enough memorized passwords and crap to contend with without having to go through the motions of registering with yet another ridiculous site. Why not just post the image in it's entirety here? I'd like to see the overall shape of the image and how the borders look. I honestly doubt that showing a little bit of skin here is gonna kill someone. This is a photo/ art blog after all and we're all big boys and girls.

Bob Crowley said...

We'll eventually get these up on a server you can click through to. Flickr is an easy sign on. If I post this image on blogger I will get a flag rating and the site traffic will drop and so will not risk it. You cannot see that image or its companions on flickr because you just aren't signed in: Do you have a yahoo account? That will get you into flickr. Flickr is worth getting into, because there are a lot of good images in there.

Anonymous said...

This is a very big achievement. How can a small company do what Polaroid could never pull off? You had to choose if you wanted a print or a negative. Crowley is known for doing things like this before.

Anonymous said...

A girl with no clothes, a guitar with no strings, a market with no film. Interesting. I think that when people say "we all miss type 55" they mean that the miss having an instant film that produces a quality negative. I do anyway...

Bob Crowley said...

Ah! You got it! You got it! Genius! (that's a mandolin, but the missing strings are intentional)

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... what is the problem with this pic? A flag rating for showing nothing near nudity? What comes next - flags for showing bare arms or legs?

I wish you well for your project and will spread the word.

Bob Crowley said...

You only see part of the image here. We need site traffic, and google will put an 18+ flag on the site if people complain - and some will. Go over to flickr and sign in. Later next week I post this to another image server so you can really see the resolution achieved. Thank you for helping tell others.

Bob Crowley said...

I've placed another link near the flickr link in the body of the article. http://black-gallery.blogspot.com has been my personal gallery space for a while with several mixed media and experimental images on it. The latest are some New55 images.

Please link to the New55 blog when telling others about our project.

Anonymous said...

Exceptionally beautiful

Davd Luttmann said...

Absolutely love this. I would love to be involved in some of the testing for this for my wedding and potraiture work!

Bob Crowley said...

Thanks for the compliments. We have hundreds of requests and can't supply samples as it would not be fair to those who have already asked to cash pre-order. We haven't accepted these either because we are still a ways off from any production. But don't worry, if it comes to market, there will be plenty.

Anonymous said...

Bob,
Thanks for posting the pic so we can view it in it's entirety. I'm really digging the high resolution of that negative! Very nice to see both neg. and print are exposed normally too. No need to the choose which one to meter / expose for. It may not be the Tyoe 55 we love and miss, but whatever you're making the results look excellent. Nice work.

Bob Crowley said...

Thanks. There is still a way to go before production. We did not set out to duplicate Type 55, that was intentional, and now I believe it is becoming apparent why.

Interesting detail on speed: We rate this at ISO 100 under hot lights and 50 under strobe. The loss of a stop under strobe is not yet explained. The balance of PN stayed about the same.

Anonymous said...

This is very nice Bob. It seems almost unbelievable to me.

Anonymous said...

ISO 100 under hot lights and 50 under strobe, that's interesting. Do you think it is a color spectrum thing, or an exposure time thing (inverse reciprocity failure?)
Surprised you aren't selling pre-production product to raise capital and prepare for larger market.

Bob Crowley said...

I don't have the answer, but eventually we will find out.

If we sold materials now, we'd have to charge $12 per sheet and even then it would be break even. A box of 8 would be $100. Some argue that one excellent shot is worth that in certain circumstances, but most do not. An ongoing problem is the perceived notion that we might match the Old Pol price which cannot happen.

If we got a big enough response at a "pre production" price, it might be a good on-ramp and scale up opportunity, but the audience for New55 might not want to suffer the variability of a hand made product. Also that would entail supply agreements, distribution and customer service costs ahead of actual production, which is hard to justify unless there was a very strong demand.

Sam said...

What IS the demand?
Is anybody keeping a list of "Members" here?

BTW, that's a very convincing sample, with or without strings/clothes.

Bob Crowley said...

It's meant to be. I can't play around here taking pictures of hats forever.

I look at the demand as part replacement market, part new market for the one code "New55 PN". And part fashion about the "holes" borders and edges that are superficial qualities emblematic of old 55. It all stems from the desire to get a high quality instant result. Very high quality. The visitors here are mostly under 40, many graduate from Lomography and have headed into LF, and New55 is an enabling component (a lot cheaper than a competing 150 Megapixel back) for that, I think. Hard to say.

mischlicht said...

Also ich scheine nichts wirklich zu verstehen. Ich fasse mal zusammen, was ich verstanden habe. Ich habe verstanden, dass der New 55 den nicht mehr von Polaroid produzierten 55 PLAN ersetzt. Nur, wo kann ich den kaufen und wie. Ich finde keine Adresse, keine Bestellmöglichkeiten. Wenn ich etwas verlinke würde ich es erst einmal gern ausprobieren und mich überzeugen. Anschliessend verlinke ich dann gern.
Gruss, Martina

Bob Crowley said...

Hallo

Dieser Blog ist über die Erforschung möglicherweise zu NEW55 und jetzt wissen wir, wir können es schaffen. Aber es gibt noch viele Dinge zu erarbeiten, so haben wir nicht die Kapazität, produzieren und verkaufen. Aber für diejenigen, die wollen immer noch 55, sind das gute Nachrichten.

Christopher said...

How was this image processed? In a monobath tank, or with Polaroid pod-and-rollers back? And was it cleared after processing?

I have seen references to both systems on the blog, and am confused about which you're focusing on. (But pleased to have any instant 4x5 film on the way.)

Bob Crowley said...

545 holder, cleared in hypo. Same system as old 55 but with all new materials, and better balance of positive and negative.