If you are using an instant film style camera for taking photo IDs, driver’s license pictures, passports and for other photography, you are probably aware of the fact that Polaroid recently discontinued the 669 film. This is a real disappointment to a lot of people, especially considering how many still use Polaroid 669 film for their various photography projects. The good news is that there is a high-quality alternative available (found here).
The film you will want to use in place of your Polaroid 669 film is FujiFilm FP-100C film. This film is directly compatible with all cameras that used 669 film. The cartridges are exactly the same size and. Each box of FP-100C film comes a film cartridge that contains 10 sheets. If you have a passport camera, you will be able to get 20 pictures out of a cartridge. If you have a 4 lens ID camera, you will be able to get up to 40 pictures per cartridge.
Having spoken with many customers that have made the switch, pretty much all of them say the FP-100C film keeps up with the Polaroid 669 film in every way. I have even had some customers tell me they are even happier with the FP-100C results than they were with the 669 film. Fuji doesn’t cut any corners with their instant film. The results are fast, clear and crisp. Our FujiFilm is also compatible with photo ID die cutters.
How does the film work? Simply load the cartridge in your camera and take a picture. When you pull the sheet from the camera will depend on the camera design and the amount of pictures you need to fit per sheet. Once a single sheet is filled with pictures, pull the sheet from the camera. Special rollers in the camera will mix chemicals within the instant film sheet, causing the picture to develop.
If you are in need of an instant film camera, we currently offer the MX-2I (found here). It uses instant film and is designed to take passport pictures. While modern digital passport cameras are catching up, most people argue that the speed and convenience of an instant film camera for passports is still superior. The MX-2I is easy to pick up, simple to aim and works fast and efficiently.
At Office Zone, we also offer a great selection of die cutters designed to quickly cut pictures out of instant film. This includes our popular 6001 LA photo ID die cutter (found here) and our Model 6500 LA passport die cutter (found here).
Many people like to laminate their instant film ID cards using a pouch laminator and film. At Office Zone we also offer a great selection of pouch laminators and film (found here). Our most popular ID badge laminator is the PL4A pouch laminator found here.
Please feel free to call us at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions you may have regarding instant film, Polaroid 669 film or the new FujiFilm FP-100C replacement.