The Impossible Project Has Revived 8×10 Large Format Instant Film

Guess who’s back? Back again. 8×10 instant film’s back. Tell a friend.

After successfully reviving various lines of instant film for Polaroid cameras, The Impossible Project announced today that they’ve created a new line of 8×10 instant film for large format cameras.

It’s the result of three years of hard work that started back in 2009, when the company preserved the last known 8×10 Polaroid production machine. They shipped it from the United States to their factory in the Netherlands, and spend the next few years working on using the machine to reboot 8×10 instant film.

The new film is called PQ 8×10 film, and will be available starting at the end of this month in The Impossible Project’s online store and in various Impossible Project Spaces located around the world. Each pack will contain 10 sheets of film, and will cost a cool $189, or nearly $19 per exposure. That’s a cost that’ll definitely make you think about shots before you press the shutter!

Image credits: Photos by Melodie McDaniel, Bill Phelps, Chloe Aftel, and Nicholas Misciagna (clockwise from upper left)

  • Sam Agnew

    My Crown Graphic would looooove some 4×5 instant film…

  • Jeff Turner

    Yes!!!! Time to unpack the Burke & James rail 8×10 camera. Bare naked photography at its best! Now where did I pack that spot meter?

  • Rob

    $190 for a pack of 10… Christ on a bike

  • Erick Regnard

    $189… that’s pretty descent comparing it to the price before it was around $400 a pack of 15 and some people was getting $800/pack on ebay for it in the last year..

  • Michael Godek

    SO excited!

  • Will

    You must be new to the concept of instant photography.

  • Ray

    Or one of those who’s only ever used digital! Film used to cost money PER CLICK!

  • Rob

    You must be the comedian here

  • Rob

    Funny that, the bag of medium format and 35mm gear next to me disagrees with you

    Id much rather spend $19 a shot on a film with good quality control compared to the rather lax QC of the impossible project. $19 a shot is a lot to have a frame come out completely blank or have only 2/3rds of he image come out

    To see how wrong you are, look at my flickr, search for Rob Hooley

  • John Milleker

    I’m trying to figure out.. In all seriousness, why wouldn’t you shoot 8×10 film for about $5 a sheet and then you have a large negative to contact print to every alternative process under the sun?

  • eddie

    I agree , the impossible project stuff is interesting, but since most guys shooting 8×10 polaroid in the past were doing it to proof it’s a pretty useless film for them. for one off tranfers etc this might be fun but not at the price. the ebay prices above btw are grossly inflated from what retail was
    cheaper to shoot 8×10 neg and bracket – 3 shots $15 ;) (when you can find it)

  • JW

    You don’t have to shoot 8×10 to be thrilled with this news. This is the future of film. Fuji and Kodak are going to abandon manufacturing color emulsions sooner or later, the writing is on the wall, but hopefully some pioneering folk like the Impossible Project will tap into the niche market that will always exist and make this stuff available for years to come. Kudos to them.

  • Gregg

    What’s your point? Doing what you suggest does nothing to offset the cost of the end product. $19 bucks a pop is still $19 bucks a pop. Also, I highly doubt you could contact print your negs to this film without a lot of waste on test “strips”. First the exposure in any enlarger would have to be extremely brief (meaning no dodging or burning) and with all the trial and error involved you’d surely waste plenty of film on every single print. Better to just load your 8×10 camera and meter each shot independently.

  • Gregg

    Also, we’re not talking “alternative process” here, we’re talking instant photography. They are clearly not the same thing. Some people like the aesthetic that only instant film can provide. If that wasn’t the case then Impossible Project wouldn’t be selling it’s wares to as many folks as they apparently are. I do agree with other posters though that the cost per sheet does seem prohibitively high. If Impossible can get their Q&A under control on this product then they may be on to something. As an artist I would love to use this product, once they get the bugs worked out. Results from box to box and sheet to sheet need to be more consistent. That plus the longevity of the finished image needs to tweaked (ie. improved). Having all your shots turn gold, pink, or brown, or black and blue or whatever after a month or two is unacceptable. Impossible really needs to improve the long-term stability of this product before I’ll take the plunge.

  • Felipe Paredes Schulz

    love how people fight here jajaja