A Polaroid Story

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  1. smithdan

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    This appeared in the local thrift store the other day. the bag contained the manual and unfortunately two SX 70 and one 600 Film packs. Somehow, a darkslide from a Spectra pack was in there. Bit faint but the tag says $9.00.
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    ...so I took the 600 pack and gave it to this guy, calls him the "Blue Frog"
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    Never had a chance to test this one so surprised when he sprang to life. The coding on the film (as far as I could find out) gave a manufacture date of Oct. '88 so I was surprised that the batteries were still strong enough to fire the flash and run the transport mechanism. The chemistry had dried out as well as the other usual deterioration.
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    The whole pack was the same, and frame #10 was so dry that the gel envelope didn't open.
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    So on the shelf for now until I save up enough to purchase some film packs. Hope that the Spectra works. Think that the Captiva will have a long wait.
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    Those are some funky patterns on that old dried-up film! :)

    Impossible Project makes film for 600 cameras.

    This just reminds me that I haven't shot either the SX-70 or Land Camera lately!
     
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    Makes me want to dig out my Pols and shoot.............:headbang:
     
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    Wish that I had had the smarts to pick up more Polaroid cameras just to have. The old ones are scarce now. Folks are hanging on to their SX 70's. Would really like to have one of those as when they first came out I thought they were magic.

    Remember doing a Santa shoot with buddy Rick about 40 years ago with a 300 series (?) bolted to a honking great Honeywell Strobonar, took turns shooting and peeling. Print around here somewhere of my kid.

    Found a couple from my ugly non folder cheapie from 74 - 75. Colour not too bad for over 40 years. Just scanned on auto, only resized.

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    Isn't is astonishing how well the color holds up in these prints?!? Look at those reds, the blue skies....wow. Nice!! :)

    I've got a bag of childhood prints that my mom sent me, hanging around here someplace. I should dig 'em out and examine them. They've been treated with zero respect, unfortunately.
     
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    F i n a l l y.... picked up a pack of film for the Spectra. The Impossible folks have changed their brand name, their packaging and their price is lower but not much. Store guy claimed that the stuff developed faster.

    I was careful to jump through all the hoops. Camera worked fine but the colours were a bit disappointing. Guess that they just haven't got the formula right yet.


    Flexible Flyer
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    Truck
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    In My Front Portch
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    Apple Pie
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    Don't think that there are enough of us who want to play with these Polaroid cameras to keep Impossible going. The novelty of instant photography is somewhat lost in the digital age. $30 for eight shots of inferior to original product is a hard sell as well.

    Continuing to play - picked up a One Step the other day.
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    Nicely made little critter designed to eat SX70 packs in a more affordable camera.

    Had those two packs of film from the spectra purchase, both battery packs had deteriorated. Whittled the plastic thingys off the 600 pack, carefully transferred the SX70 stuff and got the One Step to fire up. As expected, the chemistry pack had hardened so no development. At least I found out that the camera works so I'll probably treat it to film in future.

    For now, looks good on the Polaroid shelf
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    Colors look fine to me, better than the impossible stock. To me that color is part of the charm, it has that 70's look in 2017! I'm getting ready to shoot with mine as well. Sx-70, antique store find. May replace the leather. I seen a flash for it in an antique store about a year ago, didn't think much about it at the time, it was new in the box and was like $5. I just thought it was funky, never thinking I would buy an SX70 at the time. I wonder if they still have it? Will find out Friday, as I will be in that area.
     
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    Still hope to find a SX70. The Spectra is a nice camera but for me the SX70 along with the new film was special and unaffordable at the time. Watched some you tube on Spectra. Seemed that the folks making them didn't bother to read the manual or the directions in the film box. Think that the colour success was due to watching the temperature, holding the shutter button down to keep the film from ejecting outside in the bright sunlight and keeping it dark for a half hour. Still kinda brown.
     
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    Yeah IP film is still super sensitive to light and has to be covered after exposure. Frog tongue is essential. I usually have to stop all the way down on the SX-70 to avoid overexposure, which makes the image go quite yellow.

    Still, I like the colors in your shots above. That front porch shot is killer.

    The film was $30? I know they bought the rights to use the Polaroid name, so the film is marketed as Polaroid now (though IP branded film is still out there - not sure if that name is being phased out or if they will co-exist as different products.) But I just bought a pack on Amazon for $19. Granted, still not cheap, but not $30. And once you know which kinds of shots really lend themselves to the qualities of the film, you can get not just 8 shots, but 8 keepers.

    Just took this yesterday (cell phone snap of the print):

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    Prices of most things are set relative to the US$. A few months back when most store stock was purchased, the CAD was worth $0.72 US. Amazon .ca lists most Impossible Project and Polaroid packs at $29.99. I paid $27.95 plus 5% tax in a Calgary store.

    ..and as you mentioned, try and make every shot count.
     
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    Ah, yes of course. How did I manage to forget...or not know...that you are in Canada? I think I need more sleep...
     
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    Cleaned up the rollers on my SX70. Popped some film in and it spit out the dark card. Good start. Now let's see what it can do today.
     
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