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New, Old Camera

For a long time now, I’ve wanted a Polaroid instant camera.  They make new ones, but I wanted one of the classic ones.  Last week, I was finally able to make it happen.  I ended up ordering a refurbished Polaroid SX-70 land camera.  It’s ivory, which is a bit more rare – they were only made between 1973 and 1975.

As far as film goes, Polaroid doesn’t make the film for these cameras anymore.  So, you can either obtain older rolls of film and hope and pray they work, or there is now a place that’s making film that is compatible for these cameras.  It’s called The Impossible Project.  The film doesn’t react quite the same as the Polaroid film of old.  They take 30-40 minutes to fully develop (significantly longer than the Polaroid film).  And, they seem to be quite a bit more sensitive to light.  What that means for me is that I’m still experimenting with both the camera settings and the film in order to get images that actually look good.  I’ll post pics of the pics as soon as I get that worked out!  Next phase is to protect the pic coming out of the camera from light while it’s actually coming out of the camera – and taking away the few second delay it takes me to turn the pic over on the table.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of the gorgeous camera itself! 🙂

DSC_0342Here’s how the box looked when it arrived, complete with The Impossible Project Film

DSC_0347And here’s the camera (closed)

DSC_0346And, of course, the most exciting image – the camera fully open in all its glory

Should be fun getting to know the camera and the film and figuring out how to create some fun/amazing images!


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