New 55 is dead (and more).

New 55. who made polaroid film with a negative , has ceased business.  I found this out as i was about to find some of their R5 developer, which I used last. It made developing medium film easy. I will not be able to get the film. I may be able to get the developer.

We had to stop because the pod supplier dropped out.

The cessation of regular production of New55 PN is laid out here in Bob Crowley’s Dec 13th ’17 blog post, where Bob highlighted the project’s achievements and lessons learned.

For background, the “Pod Crisis” originated in summer-2017. It was very inconveniently timed during a crowdfunding campaign which had to be cancelled. The contemporaneous account is in the announcement made then on Kickstarter.

New55 is over. Famous Format ( will have what remains of stocks beginning mid-January. Monobath will be available then, too.

I would like to do a book. What do you think?

Yes, I have shot analogue and monochrome. Since Film Soup basically stopped, it has been hard to develop, and in the last year I have not had time to set up a darkroom.

Though I do have a shed, it does not have running water and is not lined. Or light tight.

I had to shrink this and shrink. Like I would a raw file.

In the meantime, I have managed to (use saved points) to acquire an AOC 4k screen. I chose this because it comes with the screen calibrated in the factory,

And it is huge. A screenshot is 5 MB: I have to reduce the photos to get them posted.

More importantly, the colours are accurate. This gives me more confidence with wildlife and (the very little) portraiture I do: it will help when I start scanning the New55 film I have kept.

And there is a little to share. To give you a hint, after I took this with the cellphone I went and got DLSR with a wide angle lens.



First go, New55 monobath.

I shot two rolls of film: this one, which is on Ultrafine 400 film, and developed them with New55 r3 Monobath. As I was going out (to shoot more stuff) I diluted this 1:10 and then let it sit for 50 minutes. I got a moderate result with this on this film, which looked cloudy… but scanned up fairly well.


Fujifilm GSW 690 6×9 medium format camera, scanned using Epson V800 scanner, and some processing post scan