Polaroid by Poladroid

by bookindian

Well, here’s a look at 5 Polaroid cameras that I have lying about. The Polaroid “Cool Cam” got some heavy use up until about 2002; the 800 was a “suddenly appearing” addition to my camera armory – it was never used simply because I didn’t have access to film for the beast.

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Polaroid 800 - bigger than it looks . . .

. . . wish I could get a box of film, I would love to play with the 800 for a day or two. There is one flaw: a scratch on the exterior surface of the lens – only shooting with the camera would determine how serious the scratch is.

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Close-up of the 800 lens board . . .

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Open with bellows closed

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. . . bellows extended

Let’s have a quick look at the SX-70

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The SX-70 ready for launch . . .

My father bought this beauty when they first became available, but I haven’t found any prints from the camera.

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Polaroid print simulation by Poladroid

I have found that a well exposed image run through the Poladroid app produces a good “Polaroid” replica print.

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This Polaroid camera was my workhorse before the proliferation of small affordable digital cameras – I documented most of my field work with it and still have many of the photos.

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Ready for work . . .

I still had one pack of film for the 600 and surprisingly, the battery was fully operational, the film, after being stored in less than optimal conditions, was not very good.

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. . . print from OLD, OLD film pack.

With all the rumors about Polaroid producing film again, it doesn’t seem like it will become a reality.

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This camera used several different types of Polaroid film packs – I was very fond of the positive/negative film pack. You got a black and white print AND a negative!! If you wanted a good print image, then you exposed for print quality, but, the negative was thin and resembled an underexposed 35mm or 2 1/4 square black and white negative or an overexposed color transparency. So, you had to decide what you wanted as the final product, good print or a usable negative.

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Poladroid squareness . . .

If you wanted a negative that you could pull large prints from, you had to expose for the negative and settle for a washed out print.

One thing I forgot to add about the pos/neg film packs was that you had to “clear” of “fix” the neg just like any silver-based film – Polaroid produced a plastic “bucket” for the sodium sulfite solution in which to “fix” your neggies. I think I have my bucket laying about somewhere.

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. . . a great camera for experimentation . . .

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The logic behind this Polaroid release is baffling – it resembled the 110 format film cameras but was not “pocket-size” as suggested by its name (Instant Pocket Camera). I bought one and only used it once . . . ??

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How many were sold??

That’s 5, right . . . ??

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The old 600 film pack and some prints

Prints 9 and 10 failed to eject, print number 10 is still in the film pack . . . archived.

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i-zone print and 600 film pack

Some scale for the i-zone print . . . it’s the postage stamp thing just off center.

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