Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New55 Positive Print Scale Matches Negative

New55 FILM Positive Print - Copyright 2015
Robert J Crowley. All rights reserved

New55 FILM Negative - Copyright 2015
Robert J Crowley. All rights reserved

New55 Positive Print Tonal Scale Matches Negative

Ashland MA February 4, 2015   

New55 FILM examples were published today to show the progress underway at the New55 FILM project.  The New55 team is pleased that its newly-invented receiver formula matches the tonal scale and speed of the negative as closely as it does.  The formula, which was developed to conform to mandatory rules regarding the use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), is the first of its kind and represents a major technical accomplishment.  The New55 Receiver Engineering team consisting of Ted McLelland, Charles Fendrock and Jake Kellett had to abandon their first formula after months of trials and then start again from scratch.   

The old method similar to that previously used by Polaroid was found to be impractical and environmentally risky.  A new formula had to be invented from scratch, and the team performed hundreds of test coats and exposures over the last several months.

“The surface of the positive print consists of millions of nano structured cells where the chemical reaction takes place during processing. The structure is an example of photonic nanoengineering that began in the early days of photography. This newly-developed version has potential biomedical applications outside of the photographic field”,   explained Bob Crowley, who has been working on the project.

“The unexpected development time and difficulties sourcing materials that went out of production years ago have hampered our speed, and delayed the project” said Sam Hiser, Project CEO.  “We plan various fundraising activities to continue the effort” he said.

New55 was started and partially funded by Crowley in 2011. In 2014, Crowley then joined forces with Hiser which raised an additional $365,000 in a Kickstarter effort. Crowley estimates that a total equivalent expenditure of just under $1M might be the to-date “burn", which he believes is a normal amount for such a high-risk product development exercise.

Photo details: Shot with an old Speed Graphic 4x5 press camera fitted with a 150mm f2.8 Xenotar. Full assembly of New55 PN film exposed and processed in a metal Polaroid 545 sheet film holder. Both positive and negative scanned on an Epson V750 and are uncorrected and unedited, except for slight edge cropping. Film speed ISO 100.  Exposure: 1 second at f32. Processing time: 180 seconds, negative cleared in Ilford Rapid Fixer.


laPierre said...

This is great, thank you so much for your continuous effort to bring back this beautifull concept.

Anonymous said...

My 545 poloroid film holder ready and waiting well done boys

Jonas said...

I've bought two Polaroid 545 film holders for my Graflex with great anticipations. Looking much forward to try out the New55 film

Korsmakolnikov said...

Your results are great. Hold fast. I will donate something to you soon. My super graphic is ready. And I think you should considerate to produce pack film for old polaroids like Fuji fc films. Many wants them.

Forrest MacCormack said...

Hey Congratulations! This is really great news and progress.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! How come Polaroid could not do this????? I mean really, with all they had? I am really going to have to give this a go and hope you can all see it through to the end.

Bob Crowley said...

Even when I go back and see this post I can hardly believe it. The receiver was such a secret and now it seems to me so straightforward.

If I only knew then what I know now.

A lot less time and money would have been spent.

I look back on other difficult projects I led, and they now seem so obvious to me, but they were definitely not. Intravascular ultrasound was hugely difficult and not it seems so simple that people think it always existed.

Unknown said...

I think it's really great what you all are doing - inventing a new photographic process from scratch. And I am eager to shoot with the first generation of purchasable NEW55 film from your shop. I would however enjoy seeing more documentary images on your blog of what you all are doing - lab work, testing, shooting, comparing, electron microscope work, etc. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

This is bullshit. My digital camera runs rings around this and it costs me nothing to use, too.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Anonymous is clearly brain-dead jealous. Where can I get this film?