It’s been a while since I’ve done 8 Exposures. No worries though, I haven’t forgotten about my trusty SX-70. It’s just that, I had left it to sit on my shelf for a month or so, to let it sort out whatever issues it had. About two months ago, I took it out to Kaena Point for a little one-on-one time. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
Everything with the SX-70 seemed to go wrong that day. First, the instant film refused to eject. Then, the blue tab that you pull on to remove the film pack tore off. I had a stuck film pack. Finally, the SX-70 refused to fully close. It was annoying. $24 down the drain for that pack of film. Ugh. That’s the risk that you take with analog film.
The SX-70 was naughty, so I gave it a time out. In the mean time, I stockpiled my refrigerator with more Impossible Film. If you’re in Hawaii and you need some film, then I highly recommend checking out Treehouse. They’ve got everything that you would need for your analog film needs.
I finally decided to take the SX-70 out of time out this past weekend. I loaded her up with the latest recipe of B&W Film Impossible Film and even tested out the specially designed Frog Tongue for the SX-70. Let me tell you, that frog tongue is so convenient. I’d definitely recommend it over the The Impossible PX Shade. That frog tongue is seamless and works extremely well.
I did have better luck this time around. I got 6 out of 8 of the exposures to come out. This first ruined shot did not eject properly, and I had to yank it out. This freaked me out, since it reminded me of that Kaena Point debacle. Maybe I need to get my rollers cleaned? The second shot simply did not develop. Not sure why. Finicky, yes, but oh so fun to shoot with.