Friday, September 21, 2012

Buy these instant films

Available NOW

1. The Impossible Project's new Color Protection films for the SX-70 and 600 cameras are quite good and come with a guarantee. We got 8 out of 8 keepers!  Nice colors!  Great job TIP!

2. Fuji Instax WIDE. If you have not tried this you are missing a lot, and we think it is near its run. You can load these, with tape, into a 4x5 film holder. The sharpness is excellent.  The funky WIDE camera is available on Amazon for about $50.

3. Fuji FP3000. The Fuji equivalent of 667, this superfast film is super fast. How long it will be available is up to you and Fuji - if you buy a lot, they will make it.

4.  Fuji FP100C. The ProVivid film a la Fuji, Low priced pack film with ever shrinking sell by dates at about $7 a pack. A bargain, for now.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

$2.50 a clip

Biting the proverbial bullet, I think I am going to go ahead and just pay the $2.50 per clip that I can get to spec now and hope that with larger numbers the price will go down to 1/10th of that.

Integral New55 experiment with clip

The clip costs more than the emulsion and the insert!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Current status of New55 FILM

We continue to hand build small quantities of New55 FILM and are getting OK results, some that are posted for you to look at.

The plan for manufacturing and tooling is continuing to be refined.

A budget is in place.

Soundwave is continuing to make some investment and paying for materials and some of the labor, and has a dedicated lab allocated to the project now.

We expect to revisit the budget after the NY film festival.

Patent applications, and other preparations are in place.

We have ready sales channels available.

The basic work of defining the materials has been done, but there are still some supply problems that will need to be resolved.  Emulsion and receiver paper supplies are identified, but require business development that would come after firm funding.

The recent success of TIP's Kickstarter project has led several people to bring that up again.  We have been signed up on Kickstarter for over a year but have not tried crowd funding because we do not have the infrastructure to support the customer service and fulfillment functions that would be needed.  However if those resources could become available in the Boston area we would consider it, but it would also require a high funding goal.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


At Soup Lab, an opening of artist Tobias Feltus' recent work "TRAY".

Location: Norwich UK, LINK HERE

The clip's the thing

To drive us crazy, quotes we have on this one metal part have run into the $2.50 range without tooling.  The advantage of the clip is that it makes the entire assembly shorter. A clipless design has been prototyped by Tobias and Orianna has tried one, but there needs to be a concerted effort to make that idea work. 

I'm inclined to just pay it for now and pass the price along until we can get a cheaper supply.

Now you know why we call for clips!  Thanks to those who have sent them in.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Are we up yet?

Blogger, Godaddy and hackers co-conspired to halt the flow of bits for a while.  All the trouble started though when I went to switch over to our domain  Since this was a disaster and I don't know what I am doing, I will wait until I get a new webmaster. I really miss Philip!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Impossible Project to be on Kickstarter soon

The Impossible Project plans a Kickstarter project beginning September 10. We support the mission of TIP and think that their in-place customer service, fulfillment and marketing infrastructure is well equipped to handle the administration and reward system that Kickstarter requires.  In a sense TIP's Pioneer program has many of the attributes of successful crowd funded enterprise and so we hope this goes smoothly!

For more watch their website here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Zoe Wiseman's New55 Experience

Photographer, friend, collaborator and cheerleader Zoe Wiseman put together a nice blog posting on her first five New55 FILM shots.  Few photographers have had as much experience, and success, with old T55, and Zoe was one of the first people who contacted me when we started the New55 project.  I find it cute that she thinks it is a privilege to get some of the Orianna-built prototype material, which Zoe of course earned over the last two years of support.

Here is a link to more.