Reclaimed Blue | FAQ  



What type of film is Reclaimed Blue?  

It’s 600 Film. 

How much does the film cost? 

16.99 (EUR/USD/GDP) 


How many units were produced? 


What is “Reclaimed Blue” and what makes it special? 

Our Enschede factory team are always experimenting to improve our existing film. Reclaimed Blue is an accidental offshoot-result of one of those experiments: our factory (specifically, Brian) was experimenting with our color film and one particular chemical from our black and white film, TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone). When TBHQ and our color film were combined, a strong reaction caused the color film to develop into striking, rich shades of blue. Brian then wanted to see what it would be like to also reuse ‘out of spec color negatives’ in the process (these are normally destroyed because they’re not meeting high-quality standards). Thus, Reclaimed Blue was born. The unexpected result of an experiment, where no blue dye was added, but only created from the chemical reaction! 


Why exactly is it called “Reclaimed” Blue? 

The ‘out-of-spec- negatives used for this film were reclaimed from production. Basically, the measurements of the film were not good enough to use in normal production. Normally, these negatives would have been discarded. 


How is this chemical process different than Blue Duochrome?  

In Blue Duochrome, blue dye is added to B&W paste in the pod for color. However, what turns the Reclaimed Blue film blue is the chemical reaction between the TBHQ and the color film. Although we don’t 100% understand the reaction playing out, it is possible that the TBHQ makes the cyan blue strong enough to take over the other colors in the film.  


What is the difference between Reclaimed Blue, Blue Duochrome, or Cyan Monochrome?  

In terms of the components, Cyan Monochrome uses only 1 die in a color negative – this case, cyan die. Blue Duochrome uses a B&W positive and a B&W negative and then blue die is added to the paste. Reclaimed Blue on the other hand uses out-of-scope negatives with a color positive – but no blue die. Instead, the extra developer, TBHQ, creates a chemical reaction that causes the blue image. 


In terms of the colors, Reclaimed Blue images will get you an image with white and blue colors, instead of black and blue (like in Blue Duochrome), or the hues of the same color (like in Cyan Monochrome). 

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Reclaimed Blue R&D

Who is Brian? 

Brian is a Quality Technician at our factory in Enschede, the Netherlands, and he’s been with us since the 1st of July 2018. We love him. 


How did Brian invent Reclaimed Blue? 

Brian does hundreds of experiments to improve Polaroid film and sometimes unexpected things happen, which is amazing. He came across Reclaimed Blue because he introduced this one chemical (TBHQ, Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) from the black and white system into the color system. He saw the resulting Reclaimed Blue reaction, and realized that the blue was so powerful, it was good enough for re-using some of our waste material (rolls of negatives) in the factory. Still, to this day, Brian (and our other scientists) can’t fully explain why the TBHQ causes the blue reaction in the color system. 



Will you be releasing other colors using the same science like Reclaimed Blue? 

Not for now – but the R&D team is looking out for new initiatives based on reclaimed theory.  


Is it possible to create Reclaimed Blue film for the Polaroid Go or Polaroid SX-70? 

In theory yes – but we don’t have enough reclaimed material from those types of film. i-Type has a higher bulk, so we have more reclaimed material.  


Will this film be a permanent film style? 

Not for now. But it is possible to do more batches. Maybe 1 or 2 batches a year – nothing is confirmed as of yet though.  



How long does it take to develop? 

Development time is the same as color film (10-15 minutes). Fully developed in 24 hours. 


Does this film have defects like Black & Green Duochrome? 

Nope! No defects occur.  


Are we having the same policy of no refund/replacement like Black & Green Duochrome in case of complaints? 

There have been no issues found in the film so our regular refund and replacement policy apply. 


What's the ideal shooting temperature?  

Reclaimed Blue acts very similar to our normal color film.  


Are we having bundle discounts for this product (x3, x5 etc.)? 

We will have bundles (x3 and x5) to facilitate bulk purchases, but there will be no discount associated with the sum of the full price. 


Is the chemistry more or less dense compared to standard films? Should we expect to see any spreading issues? 

Spreading and thickness are the same.  


Is there a specific setting for the Polaroid Lab or what film type should we recommend for the exposure? Is there a specific profile added like the Yellow Duochrome? 

Please change Lab setting to Reclaimed Edition, calibrated specifically for this film.  


What are the best conditions to shoot Reclaimed Blue?  

It’s a film with lots of contrast, so in darker environments, the pictures often become too dark (unless that’s what you are looking for!). So make sure to have lots of light and that your object is not too far away. But beyond this: as this film is so experimental, we don’t fully know yet. That’s the joy. It’s up to you to get out there and experiment with it.  


What happens in case this film passes through X-Ray scanner?  

Just like our normal film, it’ll be damaged (foggy white layer – negative is affected). See examples of film not damaged and damaged (shot with Polaroid Lab): 


Film went through x-rays Film didn’t go through x-rays Film went through x-rays Film didn’t go through x-rays 

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Reclaimed Blue
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Reclaimed Blue


Is it possible to do an emulsion lift with this film (does the TBHQ change the gelatin texture)? Or do we lose the blue? 

Yes, it is possible – like color film. The blue in the photos don’t get lost. See the examples: 

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Reclaimed Blue





About Polaroid

Polaroid was founded in 1937 by Edwin Land as an icon of innovation and engineering. The company’s launch of the Polaroid Land camera in 1947, which marked the genesis of instant photography, and subsequent introduction of the breakthrough Polaroid SX-70 camera in 1972 and many others, would firmly cement Polaroid’s standing as a technological pioneer and cultural phenomenon during its peak. However, at the turn of the century, the company would be faced with new realities surrounding digital technology’s swift rise and ceased the production of instant film in 2008. But that was short-lived; a dedicated group of instant photography fans would save the last Polaroid factory in the Netherlands under the name ‘The Impossible Project,’ paving way for the eventual rebirth of the original ‘Polaroid’ brand in the years following.

Today, Polaroid is in pursuit of unlocking the beauty in everyday life with instant photography tools that empower creators across the globe to capture meaningful moments. With recent introductions like the world’s smallest instant camera, the Polaroid Go camera, and the world’s first instant camera with built-in manual controls, the Polaroid I-2 camera, the company that we have come to know and love for over 80 years is rooted back in the spirit of analog innovation for the modern age.

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